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How Analysts Are Viewing Yelp

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Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:52 a.m. ET

Shareholder returns and stock trends

Yelp (YELP) generated investor returns of -5.2% in the trailing one-month period and 68.1% in the trailing 12-month period. In comparison, it has generated returns of 32.4% YTD (year-to-date).

Let’s look at Yelp’s peers in the application software business. Facebook (FB), PayPal (PYPL), Baidu (BIDU), Alibaba (BABA), and Twitter (TWTR) generated returns of 27.5%, 12.1%, -5.3%, 44.2%, and -13.8%, respectively, in the trailing 12-month period.

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Moving averages

On April 10, 2017, Yelp closed the trading day at $32.74. Based on this figure, here’s how the stock fared in terms of its moving averages:

  • 11.5% below its 100-day moving average of $37
  • 6.5% below its 50-day moving average of $35
  • 0.79% below its 20-day moving average of $33

Moving average convergence divergence

The MACD (moving average convergence divergence) is the difference between a company’s short-term and long-term moving averages. Yelp’s 14-day MACD is 0.73.

The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) is 41, which shows that the stock is somewhat oversold. Generally, if an RSI is above 70, it indicates that a stock is overbought. An RSI below 30 suggests that a stock has been oversold.

Analyst recommendations

Of the 35 analysts covering Yelp (YELP), 13 have given it a “buy” recommendation, four have recommended a “sell,” and 18 have recommended a “hold.” Analysts’ stock price target for the company is $40.98. Yelp is trading at a discount of 20.1% to its median target.

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