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Present Fundamentals: Franklin Resources (NYSE: BEN)

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Franklin Resources is part of the asset management industry and trades as part of the financial services sector. The company CEO is Gregory E. Johnson. Franklin Resources Inc is an investment management organization which provides investment management and related services to retail, institutional and high net-worth clients under Franklin, Templeton, Franklin Mutual Series, Franklin Bissett brand names.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The BEN stock showed a previous change of -1.09% with an open at 30.22 and a close of 30.02. It reached an intraday high of 30.32 and a low of 29.49.

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Liquidity:

The stock has a market cap of $15.3b with 509.5m shares outstanding, of which the float is 301.7m shares. Trading volume reached 1,902,481 shares compared to its average volume of 3,201,441 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is good.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Franklin Resources shares returned -0.27% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 3.62%. Over three months, it changed 2.23%. In one year it has changed -25.53% and within that year its 52-week high was 40.56 and its 52-week low was 27.34. BEN stock is 9.80% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 31.43 and a 50 day moving average of 30.81. Currently BEN stock is trading -4.50% below its 200 day moving average and may be a good opportunity to buy, but should check other indicators to confirm a buy signal.

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Earnings:

The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 1.41 that ended on 30th of September 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 21.29. Based on 6 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.74. The TTM EPS is 3.20, which comes to a TTM PE of 9.38. Historically, the PE high was 21.29 and the PE low was 9.30. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 29.76, which is a decrease of -0.85%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  0.54
09-30-2018:  0.79
06-30-2018:  0.75
03-31-2018:  0.78

The dividend per share is currently 1.04, which is a dividend yield of 3.46%. Also, the payout ratio is 32.50%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 32.19, which means it is possibly undervalued and has a margin of safety of 6.73%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 39.40% of insider ownership and 70.00% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 21,393,221, which is 4.20% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 5.29. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 1.14

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 14.92%, return on assets is 10.02%, profit margin is 26.31%, price-to-sales is 2.58 and price-to-book is 1.57.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 4  :Valuation Score
 3  :Past Performance Score
 5  :Financial Strength Score
 3  :Future Growth Score
 4  :Dividend Score
 3  :Overall Score

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John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.

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