Lb Foster Stock Buy Hold or Sell Recommendation

FSTR Stock  USD 28.92  0.58  1.97%   
Given the investment horizon of 90 days and your above-average risk tolerance, our recommendation regarding LB Foster is 'Strong Buy'. Macroaxis provides LB Foster buy-hold-or-sell recommendation only in the context of selected investment horizon and investor attitude towards risk assumed by holding FSTR positions. The advice algorithm takes into account all of LB Foster's available fundamental, technical, and predictive indicators you will find on this site. Key drivers impacting LB Foster's buy or sell advice are summarized below:
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A buy or sell recommendation provided by Macroaxis is an automated directive regarding whether to purchase or sell LB Foster given historical horizon and risk tolerance towards LB Foster. When Macroaxis issues a 'buy' or 'sell' recommendation for LB Foster, the advice is generated through an automated system that utilizes algorithms and statistical models.
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For the selected time horizon LB Foster has a Risk Adjusted Performance of 0.0773, Jensen Alpha of 0.2063, Total Risk Alpha of (0), Sortino Ratio of 0.1055 and Treynor Ratio of 0.2024
Our advice module complements current analysts and expert consensus on LB Foster. It analyzes the firm potential to grow using all fundamental, technical, and market related data available at this moment. To make sure LB Foster is not overpriced, please verify all LB Foster fundamentals, including its shares owned by insiders, total debt, retained earnings, as well as the relationship between the revenue and earnings per share . Given that LB Foster has a price to earning of 46.82 X, we recommend you to check LB Foster market performance and probability of bankruptcy to ensure the company can sustain itself this quarter and beyond given your latest risk tolerance and investing horizon.

LB Foster Trading Alerts and Improvement Suggestions

Over 78.0% of the company shares are owned by institutional investors
Latest headline from L.B. Fosters chief growth officer to retire

LB Foster Returns Distribution Density

The distribution of LB Foster's historical returns is an attempt to chart the uncertainty of LB Foster's future price movements. The chart of the probability distribution of LB Foster daily returns describes the distribution of returns around its average expected value. We use LB Foster price's Value At Risk and its Upside Potential as a relative measure of the distribution. The graph of the distribution of LB Foster returns is essential to provide solid investment advice for LB Foster.
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Investment risk management requires an estimate of the probability of extreme price changes. Therefore, the correct representation of the distribution of LB Foster historical returns presented in an easy-to-digest graphical form helps investors and money managers understand the risk-reward trade-off of different investement strategies.

FSTR Stock Institutional Investors

Have you ever been surprised when a price of an equity instrument such as LB Foster is soaring high without any particular reason? This is usually happening because many institutional investors are aggressively trading LB Foster backward and forwards among themselves. LB Foster's institutional investor refers to the entity that pools money to purchase LB Foster's securities or originates loans. Institutional investors include commercial and private banks, credit unions, insurance companies, pension funds, hedge funds, endowments, and mutual funds. Operating companies that invest excess capital in these types of assets may also be included in the term and may influence corporate governance by exercising voting rights in their investments.
Morgan Stanley - Brokerage Accounts2023-12-31
135 K
Bragg Financial Advisors Inc2023-12-31
121.5 K
Rbf Llc2023-12-31
101 K
Assenagon Asset Management Sa2024-03-31
99.9 K
Gendell Jeffrey L2023-12-31
99.8 K
Geode Capital Management, Llc2023-12-31
99.5 K
Royce & Associates, Lp2023-12-31
95.3 K
Minerva Advisors Llc2023-12-31
79.8 K
Systematic Financial Management Lp2023-12-31
78 K
22nw, Lp2023-12-31
1.3 M
Gamco Investors, Inc. Et Al2023-12-31
898.6 K
Note, although LB Foster's institutional investors appear to be way more sophisticated than retail investors, it remains unclear if professional active investment managers can reliably enhance risk-adjusted returns by an amount that exceeds fees and expenses.

LB Foster Cash Flow Accounts

201920202021202220232024 (projected)
Change In Cash3.9M(6.6M)2.8M(7.5M)(322K)(305.9K)
Free Cash Flow20.5M7.7M(5.7M)(18.2M)32.4M34.1M
Other Non Cash Items3.4M(3.3M)(3.0M)8.0M2.6M2.4M
Capital Expenditures8.8M9.2M4.6M7.6M4.9M6.8M
Net Income42.6M25.8M3.5M(45.7M)1.3M2.1M
End Period Cash Flow14.2M7.6M10.4M2.9M2.6M2.4M
Change To Inventory6.7M3.3M(4.0M)(11.8M)(7.0M)(6.6M)
Change Receivables7.9M15.7M2.3M(25.1M)(22.6M)(21.4M)
Net Borrowings(17.6M)(13.6M)(14.1M)60.7M54.6M57.3M
Change To Netincome(25.2M)(6.5M)(859K)46.2M53.2M55.8M

LB Foster Greeks

Most traded equities are subject to two types of risk - systematic (i.e., market) and unsystematic (i.e., nonmarket or company-specific) risk. Unsystematic risk is the risk that events specific to LB Foster or Machinery sector will adversely affect the stock's price. This type of risk can be diversified away by owning several different stocks in different industries whose stock prices have shown a small correlation to each other. On the other hand, systematic risk is the risk that LB Foster's price will be affected by overall stock market movements and cannot be diversified away. So, no matter how many positions you have, you cannot eliminate market risk. However, you can measure a FSTR stock's historical response to market movements and buy it if you are comfortable with its volatility direction. Beta and standard deviation are two commonly used measures to help you make the right decision.
Alpha over NYSE Composite
Beta against NYSE Composite1.53
Overall volatility
Information ratio 0.09

LB Foster Volatility Alert

LB Foster currently demonstrates below-average downside deviation. It has Information Ratio of 0.09 and Jensen Alpha of 0.21. Understanding different market volatility trends often help investors to time the market. Properly using volatility indicators enable traders to measure LB Foster's stock risk against market volatility during both bullish and bearish trends. The higher level of volatility that comes with bear markets can directly impact LB Foster's stock price while adding stress to investors as they watch their shares' value plummet. This usually forces investors to rebalance their portfolios by buying different financial instruments as prices fall.

LB Foster Fundamentals Vs Peers

Comparing LB Foster's fundamentals to the average values of its peers is one of the most widely used and accepted methods of equity analyses. It helps to analyze LB Foster's direct or indirect competition across all of the common fundamentals between LB Foster and the related equities. This way, we can detect undervalued stocks with similar characteristics as LB Foster or determine the stocks which would be an excellent addition to an existing portfolio. Peer analysis of LB Foster's fundamental indicators could also be used in its relative valuation, which is a method of valuing LB Foster by comparing valuation metrics with those of similar companies.
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FundamentalsLB FosterPeer Average
Return On Equity0.0558-0.31
Return On Asset0.0224-0.14
Profit Margin0.01 %(1.27) %
Operating Margin0.02 %(5.51) %
Current Valuation408.89 M16.62 B
Shares Outstanding10.96 M571.82 M
Shares Owned By Insiders6.25 %10.09 %
Shares Owned By Institutions78.00 %39.21 %
Number Of Shares Shorted102.42 K4.71 M
Price To Earning46.82 X28.72 X
Price To Book1.98 X9.51 X
Price To Sales0.52 X11.42 X
Revenue543.74 M9.43 B
Gross Profit90.75 M27.38 B
EBITDA26.29 M3.9 B
Net Income1.3 M570.98 M
Cash And Equivalents4.94 M2.7 B
Cash Per Share0.45 X5.01 X
Total Debt67.14 M5.32 B
Debt To Equity0.64 %48.70 %
Current Ratio2.06 X2.16 X
Book Value Per Share13.40 X1.93 K
Cash Flow From Operations37.38 M971.22 M
Short Ratio2.44 X4.00 X
Earnings Per Share0.73 X3.12 X
Target Price25.5
Number Of Employees1.06 K18.84 K
Market Capitalization323.43 M19.03 B
Total Asset313.21 M29.47 B
Retained Earnings124.63 M9.33 B
Working Capital72.68 M1.48 B
Current Asset214.47 M9.34 B
Note: Disposition of 846 shares by Gregory Lippard of LB Foster at 23.76 subject to Rule 16b-3 [view details]

LB Foster Market Momentum

Traders often use several daily momentume indicators to supplement a more traditional technical analysis when analyzing securities such as FSTR . With many different options, investors must choose the best indicators for them and familiarize themselves with how they work. We suggest combining traditional momentum indicators with more near-term forms of technical analysis such as Accumulation Distribution or Daily Balance Of Power. With their quantitative nature, daily value technical indicators can also be incorporated into your automated trading systems.

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 2021 2022 2023 2024 (projected)
Short and Long Term Debt Total43.5M106.0M67.1M57.9M
Total Assets342.6M365.3M313.2M280.5M

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When determining whether LB Foster is a strong investment it is important to analyze LB Foster's competitive position within its industry, examining market share, product or service uniqueness, and competitive advantages. Beyond financials and market position, potential investors should also consider broader economic conditions, industry trends, and any regulatory or geopolitical factors that may impact LB Foster's future performance. For an informed investment choice regarding FSTR Stock, refer to the following important reports:
Check out LB Foster Analyst Recommendation to compare Macroaxis Buy or Sell Recommendation with the current analyst consensus. To check ratings for multiple equity instruments, please use the Instant Ratings tool.
To learn how to invest in FSTR Stock, please use our How to Invest in LB Foster guide.
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Is LB Foster's industry expected to grow? Or is there an opportunity to expand the business' product line in the future? Factors like these will boost the valuation of LB Foster. If investors know FSTR will grow in the future, the company's valuation will be higher. The financial industry is built on trying to define current growth potential and future valuation accurately. All the valuation information about LB Foster listed above have to be considered, but the key to understanding future value is determining which factors weigh more heavily than others.
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The market value of LB Foster is measured differently than its book value, which is the value of FSTR that is recorded on the company's balance sheet. Investors also form their own opinion of LB Foster's value that differs from its market value or its book value, called intrinsic value, which is LB Foster's true underlying value. Investors use various methods to calculate intrinsic value and buy a stock when its market value falls below its intrinsic value. Because LB Foster's market value can be influenced by many factors that don't directly affect LB Foster's underlying business (such as a pandemic or basic market pessimism), market value can vary widely from intrinsic value.
Please note, there is a significant difference between LB Foster's value and its price as these two are different measures arrived at by different means. Investors typically determine if LB Foster is a good investment by looking at such factors as earnings, sales, fundamental and technical indicators, competition as well as analyst projections. However, LB Foster's price is the amount at which it trades on the open market and represents the number that a seller and buyer find agreeable to each party.