Are Institutions Shedding Interest in Leaf Group Ltd. (NYSE:LEAF)?

According to the latest SEC Filings, institutions owning shares of Leaf Group Ltd. (NYSE:LEAF) have decreased their positions by -1.69%.  Institutions now own 82.40% of the company.

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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Technical analysts have little regard for the value of a company. They use historic price data to observe stock price patterns to predict the direction of that price going forward.  Analysts use common formulas and ratios to accomplish this.

Leaf Group Ltd. (NYSE:LEAF)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 50.92.  RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.

FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS

Fundamental analysis examines the financial elements of a company, for example; sales, cash flow, profit and balance sheet.  These numbers are then crunched to create theoretical valuations of companies. 

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the earnings made by a company divided by their number of shares.  EPS enables the earnings of a company to easily be compared to their competitors. The higher the number, the more profit per dollar is being made on investor capital.  Leaf Group Ltd.’s EPS is 0.74.  Their EPS should be compared to other companies in the Technology sector.

Price-to-Earnings Ratio is the current share price divided by annual earnings per share.  P/E provides a number that details how many years of earnings it will take a stock to recoup the value of one share at current price levels.  Easy to calculate and understand, P/E is an extremely common ratio that is used to compare valuations of stocks against each other relatively.  Leaf Group Ltd.’s  P/E ratio is 12.63. 

Projected Earnings Growth (PEG) is a forward looking ratio based on anticipated earnings growth.  PEG is created by dividing P/E by the projected rate of earnings growth.  Leaf Group Ltd.’s  PEG is 0.84.

RETURNS AND RECOMMENDATION

Shareholders can expect a return on equity of -36.10%.  Calculated by dividing Leaf Group Ltd.’s annual earnings by its total assets, investors will note a return on assets of -27.00%.  Finally, Leaf Group Ltd.’s return on investment stands at 12.10% when you divide the shareholder’s return by the cost.  The consensus analysts recommendation at this point stands at 1.70 for Leaf Group Ltd. (NYSE:LEAF).  This is based on a 1-5 scale where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.

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