Looking For a Catalyst: Update on WEX Inc. (NYSE:WEX)

Dedicated investors are constantly on the lookout for a bargain when it comes to stock picking. As of late, investors have been taking notice of WEX Inc. (NYSE:WEX) shares. During recent trading, shares saw a move of 1.77% hitting a price of $145.00.

Most investors are likely looking for that next stock that is ready to take off running. Maybe the focus is on finding a stock that has recently taken a turn for the worse for no real apparent reason. As we all know, as quickly as a stock can drop in price, it can bounce back just as fast. Although the popular stocks that receive a high level of media coverage tend to recover quicker after a sell-off, there may be plenty of under the radar stocks that are ripe for buying. Scoping out these potential market gems may help repair a portfolio that has taken a hit for any number of reasons.

The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, WEX Inc. (NYSE:WEX) has performed 0.28%. For the past month, shares are 12.38%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 21.31%. Looking back further, WEX Inc. stock has been 31.23% over the last six months, and 2.67% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 26.95%.

There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets. No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance. Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of WEX Inc. (NYSE:WEX) have been seen trading 28.27% away from the 200-day moving average and 11.44% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -1.19% away from the 52-week high and separated 49.08% from the 52-week low. WEX Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 73.55.

ROA and Recommendations

WEX Inc. (NYSE:WEX)’s Return on Assets (ROA) is at 1.40%.  This is an indicator of how profitable they have been relative to their total assets.  ROA indicates how efficient their management is.  It’s found by dividing annual earnings by total assets. WEX Inc.’s Return on Equity (ROE) of 5.50% reveals how much profit they generate with money from shareholders.  This is found by dividing their net income by their shareholder’s equity.

WEX Inc.’s Return on Investment 4.50%, used to find the stock’s efficiency, is calculated by dividing the return of an investment divided by its cost, is 4.50%.  As for whether to Buy, Sell or Hold at this point, sell-side firms covering company shares have a mean recommendation of 2.20 on the stock.  This is on a consensus basis according to Thomson Reuters data.  The scale is 1 to 5 where a Strong Buy rating is a 1 sliding down to a Strong Sell rating for a 5.