Shares of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ.AX) have seen the needle move -0.23% or -0.07 in the most recent session. The ASX listed company saw a recent bid of 30.35 on 2100000 volume.
Investors who have stayed on the sidelines may be considering if the markets will continue to rally higher. Staying vigilant and watching for signs of the next bear may prove to be a crucial element for helping to guide certain portfolio moves. Keeping an eye on historical corrections as well as sentiment and technicals, may help provide the proper insight needed. Investors may be mindful of any meaningful pullback or correction, and they may have a certain percentage in mind for when things seem to be getting out of hand. Cautious optimism may prove to be a profit saver when the bearish winds start to blow. Investors may need to figure out a plan for when to take some profit off the table. Conducting thorough fundamental research on stocks even after they have broken out may help the investor understand the reason behind the move, and whether it is likely to continue or if it is just a temporary spike.
Now let’s take a look at how the fundamentals are stacking up for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ.AX). Fundamental analysis takes into consideration market, industry and stock conditions to help determine if the shares are correctly valued. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd currently has a yearly EPS of 1.97. This number is derived from the total net income divided by shares outstanding. In other words, EPS reveals how profitable a company is on a share owner basis.
Another key indicator that can help investors determine if a stock might be a quality investment is the Return on Equity or ROE. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ.AX) currently has Return on Equity of 10.31. ROE is a ratio that measures profits generated from the investments received from shareholders. In other words, the ratio reveals how effective the firm is at turning shareholder investment into company profits. A company with high ROE typically reflects well on management and how well a company is run at a high level. A firm with a lower ROE might encourage potential investors to dig further to see why profits aren’t being generated from shareholder money.
Another ratio we can look at is the Return on Invested Capital or more commonly referred to as ROIC. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ.AX) has a current ROIC of 2.98. ROIC is calculated by dividing Net Income – Dividends by Total Capital Invested.
Similar to ROE, ROIC measures how effectively company management is using invested capital to generate company income. A high ROIC number typically reflects positively on company management while a low number typically reflects the opposite.
Turning to Return on Assets or ROA, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ.AX) has a current ROA of 0.66. This is a profitability ratio that measures net income generated from total company assets during a given period. This ratio reveals how quick a company can turn it’s assets into profits. In other words, the ratio provides insight into the profitability of a firm’s assets. The ratio is calculated by dividing total net income by the average total assets. A higher ROA compared to peers in the same industry, would suggest that company management is able to effectively generate profits from their assets. Similar to the other ratios, a lower number might raise red flags about management’s ability when compared to other companies in a similar sector.
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