With Profitability At The Forefront, Is This Stock a Top Pick: Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX)

Any investors would pay particular attention to the profitability of a company before considering taking a position.  Here we’ll take a quick look at shares of Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX) and the company’s ability to generate profit.  The firm currently has a Return on Equity -10.10% which is derived from comparing 12-months net income to shareholder equity.  So even though the company is generating profits, where can the stock go from here?  Sell-side analysts covering the shares are projecting a one year price target of $7.80 on the stock.  When comparing this to a recent price of $11.52, the potential upside should be noted.  Taking analyst recommendations into consideration results in a Buy/Sell consensus recommendation of 3.00.  This is according to all of the analysts polled by First Call.  

What makes a stock profitable?  Let’s look at a few factors.

Rising EPS (Earnings Per Share)

Businesses must be able to have competitive advantages and must produce value to consumers in the form of desirable goods and services.  When a business has a strong brand, they can afford to raise prices and also have a differentiated product that is more desirable compared to their competition.  A business that is able to grow earnings per share can afford to pay a rising dividend. Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX)’s trailing 12-months EPS is -1.33.

Historical Growth

Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX)’s performance this year to date is 34.58%.  The stock has performed 28.29% over the last seven days, 23.47% over the last thirty, and 56.31% over the last three months.  Over the last six months, Century Aluminum Company’s stock has been 38.63% and 277.70% for the year.

RSI and Recommendations

Century Aluminum Company’s RSI is 70.09.  Based on the stock’s volatility for the week, which is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given stock and represents average daily high/low percentage range of 8.37% and month of 6.24%.  

There are a number of sell-side analysts who have recently weighed in on the firm.  As stated earlier, the consensus target price is $7.80 with a mean recommendation of 3.00 (1-5 scale). 

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