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Wintrust Stock Price and Research (Nasdaq: WTFC)

Wintrust (Nasdaq: WTFC) is a $5 billion company today. Investors that bought shares one year ago are sitting on a 25.48% total return. That’s above the S&P 500’s return of 13.99%.

Wintrust stock is beating the market, and it reports earnings soon. But does that make it a good buy today? To answer this question we’ve turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our research team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.

Our system looks at six key metrics…


Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: Wintrust reported a recent EPS growth rate of 21.43%. That’s above the banking industry average of 1.11%. That’s a great sign. Wintrust’s earnings growth is outpacing competitors.

Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the banking industry is 20.61. And Wintrust’s ratio comes in at 20.18. It’s trading at a better value than many of its competitors.

Debt-to-Equity: The debt-to-equity ratio for Wintrust stock is 40.93%. That’s below the banking industry average of 211.78%. That’s a good sign. Wintrust’s debt levels are not out of control.

Free Cash Flow per Share Growth: Wintrust has decreased its FCF per share over the last year relative to its competitors. That’s not good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth.

Profit Margins: The profit margin of Wintrust comes in at 22.92% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this ratio above competitors. Wintrust’s profit margin is above the banking average of 21.45%. So that’s a positive indicator for investors.

Return on Equity: Return on equity tells us how much profit a company produces with the money shareholders invest. The ROE for Wintrust is 9.36% and that’s below its industry average ROE of 9.91%.

Wintrust stock passes four of our six key metrics today. That’s why our Investment U Stock Grader gives it a Buy with Caution.

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