The Kroger Co. (KR): What’s the Story?

The Kroger Co. (KR) is an interesting player in the Services space, with a focus on Grocery Stores. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $26.01, up from yesterday’s close by 1.25%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

The Kroger Co. (KR) currently trades with a market capitalization of $22.81 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 12.39 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $538 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.63 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.28% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

We’ve taken a serious look at this stock from a fundamental perspective, but the tale of the tape may offer more hints about what lies under the surface. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, The Kroger Co. recorded a 52-week high of $31.45. It is now trading 5.44% off that level. The stock is trading $24.59 its 50-day moving average by -1.42%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $19.69.

In recent action, The Kroger Co. (KR) has made a move of +5.09% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.57, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 7.07% with $798.32 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of KR.

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