Can Buying Patterson Companies Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCO) Still Be Worthwhile?

Patterson Companies Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO) does about 942.16K shares in volume on a normal day but saw 809591 shares change hands in the recent trading day. The company now has a market cap of 2.04B USD. Its current market price is $23.29, marking a decrease of -2.18% compared to the previous close of $23.81. The 52 week high reached by this stock is $34.53 whilst the lowest price level in 52 weeks is $22.29. The script in recent trading has seen the stock touch a high of $37 and a low of $28.

Patterson Companies Inc. (PDCO) has a 20-day trading average at $23.71 and the current price is -32.55% off the 52-week high compared with 4.49% distance from its 52-week low. The 50-day simple moving average of the closing price is $24.52 and its 200-day simple moving average is $27.60. If we look at the stock’s price movements over the week, volatility stands at 1.79%, which increases to 2.47% over 1 month. It is also key to look at other market indicators of price movement for the stock, where we see that the relative strength index (RSI) is at 40.63 to suggest the stock is neutral.

The consensus objective for the share price is $28.45, suggesting that the stock has a potential upside of 18.14% over the period. The median price target is 16.82% away from the current levels at $28.

2 analysts have rated it as a buy and 2 have advised that investors hold their positions. The consensus recommendation rating is Buy and Wall Street’s advice is for investors to Moderate Buy the stock.

The company shares received a number of brokerage firm price updates over the past month, with the latest being on February 29, 2024 when Piper Sandler downgraded the stock to “Neutral” and issued a price target of between $34 and $28. Credit Suisse resumed its price target at $36.

Patterson Companies Inc. (PDCO) stock is down -3.28% over the week and -2.35% over the past month. Its price is -18.14% year-to-date and -27.29% over the past year.

Its 12-month price target is $28. To reach the target analysts have set, the stock logically needs to grow 18.14 percent from here. Of course, the average price target is just what the average analysts believe a stock will be worth in the next 52 weeks, and is only one metric. There are analysts with lower targets than the average, including one bearish Wall Street research firm advocating investors to wait for the price to pull back to $28, given the recent momentum. And then, on the bullish side of things, one analyst is expecting the stock to peak at $37.

The company has a return on investment of 13.07% and return on equity of 17.55%. The price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 11.63 while the forward price to earnings ratio is 9.07. The beta has a value of 1.04. Price to book ratio is 2.09 and price to sales ratio is 0.31.