Why Are People Talking About Investing in WLK?

Shares of Specialty Chemicals company Westlake climbed 6.3% Friday. Here are some quick facts to get you started if you are interested in the stock:

  • Westlake has logged a 6.7% 52 week change, compared to -16.6% for the S&P 500

  • WLK has an average analyst rating of hold and is -1.08% away from its mean target price of $109.58 per share

  • Its trailing earnings per share (EPS) is $20.52, which brings its trailing Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio to 5.3. The Basic Materials sector's average P/E ratio is 8.57

  • The company's forward earnings per share (EPS) is $11.24 and its forward P/E ratio is 9.6

  • The company has a Price to Book (P/B) ratio of 1.4 in contrast to the Basic Materials sector's average P/B ratio is 1.86

  • The current ratio is currently 2.2, which consists in its liquid assets divided by any liabilities due within in the next 12 months

  • WLK has reported YOY quarterly earnings growth of -33.9% and gross profit margins of 0.3%

  • The company's free cash flow for the last fiscal year was $1,736,000,000.00 and the average free cash flow growth rate is 87.5%

  • Westlake's revenues have an average growth rate of 24.7% with operating expenses growing at 9.6%. The company's current operating margins stand at 24.0%

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