TransAlta Corporation trades as part of the utilities sector and trades as part of the independent utilities industry. The company CEO is Dawn L. Farrell. TransAlta Corp is engaged in the production and sale of electric energy in Alberta, Canada. It also has an energy trading and marketing business as well as it owns transmission lines and coal mines.

Previous Intraday Performance:

The TAC shares had a previous change of 1.94% which opened at 6.11 and closed at 6.30. It moved to an intraday high of 6.30 and a low of 6.11.

PR Newswire:  TransAlta’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, TAC shares returned 3.79% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 15.52%. Over three months, it changed 21.39%. In one year it has changed 12.96% and within that year its 52-week high was 6.37 and its 52-week low was 3.99. TAC stock is 57.89% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 5.32 and a 50 day moving average of 5.42. Right now, TAC stock is trading 18.42% above its 200 day moving average.

PR Newswire:  TransAlta’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders


The company has a market cap of $1.8b with 284.8m shares outstanding and a float of 284.8m shares. Trading volume was 242,619 shares and has experienced an average volume of 152,931 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.


The last annual reported EPS for TransAlta Corporation was -0.53 which ended on 31st of December 2018. Based on 1 analyst estimate, the estimated EPS for the next quarter is 0.08.

Below was the last reported quarterly earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  -0.33
09-30-2018:  -0.13
06-30-2018:  -0.25
03-31-2018:  0.18

The dividend per share is currently 0.12, which is a dividend yield of 1.93%.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 27.94, which means it might be undervalued and has a margin of safety of 77.45%

The next earnings report will be: 03-21-2019

The long-term trend of the EPS is an important number as it indicates the present value of TransAlta Corporation; the EPS growth rate, as it is typically called, is usually expressed as a percentage, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been -2.20% over the last twelve months.

Indicators Also to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 82.40% of institutional ownership. Short-interest was 247,077, which was 0.09% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio was 1.79. This stock has some short interest, but it might be normal and no need to worry if long the position.

I calculated the beta to be 1.44

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is -11.17%, return on assets is -2.51%, profit margin is -4.00%, price-to-sales is 0.78 and price-to-book is 1.14.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 3  : Growth Expectations Result
 4  : Financial Safety Result
 0  : Past Performance Result
 3  : Valuation Result
 2  : Dividend Safety Result
 2  : 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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