Raytheon Stock Outlook
In recent weeks, the markets have recovered from their lows. As encouraging as this has been, it is still best to approach the markets with caution. Looking for stocks with solid fundamentals, as well as positive performance relative to the market is a prudent approach. One such example is Raytheon stock (NYSE: RTX), so today we’ll be looking at an updated Raytheon stock outlook.
Recent Fundamental Performance
Raytheon has been a strong performer in recent quarters, as well as in recent years. Raytheon has reported a beat on earnings on all of the past four earning reports. A beat on their next earnings report, scheduled for May 12, would only strengthen their standing. In addition, while the company reported a net income loss in 2020, it bounced back in 2021. However, Raytheon’s gross profit is still below levels last seen in 2018. This is because the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) is considerably higher.
Unfortunately, there are not many new institutional price targets to look at. On March 10, Barclays boosted their price target from $100 to $107. A week prior, on March 2, Morgan Stanley raised their price target from $118 to $124. One price target updated on February 16th, by Wolfe Research, stands at $111. Two price targets entered on January 26 stand at $96 and $106, respectively. Taking the mean of these price ranges, Raytheon stock [seems] to have a price target around $108.8. From current levels, that represents a potential upside of between 7 and 9%.
This may suggest that institutions believe that Raytheon’s strong recent performance is unsustainable, given continued supply chain and inflationary concerns. In addition, inflationary concerns and supply chain issues will only serve to exacerbate existing problems – not correct them.
In addition, Raytheon’s PE ratio is higher than it has been since 2015. This further reflects the contrast between the growth in stock price, and the stagnation in earnings growth. However, the price to cash flow ratio is below where it was in 2020, though above where it was pre-pandemic. The ROA, ROE, ROIC are all below pre-pandemic levels, though above peak pandemic levels.
Raytheon Stock Technical Performance
Raytheon hit a 52 week high back on March 1st, eclipsing the $104 dollar mark. The stock has since retreated a bit, hovering just below $100 as of this writing. On the month the stock is up over 7%, while the Nasdaq is up just under 2%. Over the past three months Raytheon stock is up over 20%, while the Nasdaq is down over 7%. After hitting its peak a couple weeks ago, the stock regressed, forming a bull flag. This morning, the stock made a strong positive move, bringing an end to the bull flag. However, the stock has already given back some of its highs from the morning.
Given that Raytheon is a defense and aerospace company, its stock is more susceptible to developments in Europe. Continued conflict may engender renewed positive sentiment. This would be the same catalyst that caused the stock to spike a few weeks ago. For this reason, monitoring the situation abroad would be a key part of any investment in Raytheon stock.
Raytheon Stock Outlook Conclusion
As with investing in anything right now, a sense of caution and prudence are your best assets. While Raytheon has outperformed the market(s) by most metrics this year, it may be slowing down. Continued increases in the company’s COGS, as well as broader supply chain and inflationary issues, hamper financial performance. International tensions have the potential to either make the company more necessary, or reasonably irrelevant. Gauging the reactions and interests of larger institutions might be a good measure of their future outlook. However, in addition to their feelings, doing your own research should always be a focal point of your investing strategy. Do not allow your decisions to be swayed by the opinions of others. They can neither enjoy your gains, nor take part in your losses.
About Gabriel Shabat
Gabriel Shabat is a writer who focuses on financial literacy and investing topics. He has been studying and talking about the markets for over seven years. Last year he became a part of the instructional staff at Boston University, teaching graduate finance courses as part of their Masters degree programs. When he isn’t working, he enjoys playing the guitar, working out and spending time with his loved ones.