The growth of the EPS is critical in understanding the current valuation of Quad Graphics Inc. It is typically displayed as a percentage and called the EPS growth rate, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been 0.10 % over the last twelve months. EPS growth is a vital measure of execution of the strategy for Quad Graphics Inc since it indicates how well the business is allocating resources to benefit shareholders.



Quad Graphics Inc trades as part of the industrials sector and is part of the business services industry. The company CEO is J. Quadracci. Quad/Graphics Inc is a US based marketing services provider. It helps brand owners market their products, services and content by using its strong print foundation in combination with other media channels.

Previous Intraday Performance:

The QUAD shares had a previous change of 4.04% which opened at 13.74 and closed at 14.16. It moved to an intraday high of 14.32 and a low of 13.58.

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Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, QUAD shares returned 14.84% and in the past 30 trading days it returned -14.23%. Over three months, it changed -22.68%. In one year it has changed -33.96% and within that year its 52-week high was 31.29 and its 52-week low was 11.56. QUAD stock is 22.49% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 19.40 and a 50 day moving average of 15.04. Right now, QUAD stock is trading -27.00% below its 200 day moving average and may not be a great opportunity to buy as it may continue to trend down.

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Liquidity:

The company has a market cap of $731.7m with 51.7m shares outstanding and a float of 48.8m shares. Trading volume was 341,403 shares and has experienced an average volume of 484,306 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Earnings:

The last annual reported EPS for Quad Graphics Inc was 2.06 which ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 6.87.

Below was the last reported quarterly earnings per share:
09-30-2018:  0.45
06-30-2018:  0.23
03-31-2018:  0.58
12-31-2017:  0.58

The dividend per share is currently 1.20, which is a dividend yield of 8.47%. QUAD stock may not have sufficient earnings to cover future dividends and still be able to invest in and grow the business, therefore in the future the dividend may be reduced.



Indicators Also to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 5.40% of insider ownership and 80.70% of institutional ownership. Short-interest was 3,066,752, which was 5.94% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio was 5.89. This stock has a moderate level of short interest, but may still be a buying opportunity depending on other indicators.

I calculated the beta to be 1.64

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 17.59%, return on assets is 3.38%, profit margin is 0.95%, price-to-sales is 0.23 and price-to-book is 1.36.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 5  : Growth Expectations Result
 1  : Financial Safety Result
 2  : Past Performance Result
 6  : Valuation Result
 3  : Dividend Safety Result
 3  : Overall Result

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Jake McWilliams
I am an independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked both for the sell side (brokerage) and the buy side (fund administration). I have been trading professionally for about 20 years. I trade stocks and forex and I play both long and short positions in underlying asset or through options. I have experience with discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader and Quantshare).

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