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Is Chevron stock a good buy after exceeding analyst expectations

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on Oct 29, 2021
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  • Chevron shares on Friday edged slightly higher after announcing its most recent quarterly results.
  • The company reported its fiscal Q3 results before markets opened, beating analyst expectations.
  • The stock trades at an exciting forward P/E ratio of 13.19.

On Friday, Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) shares edged slightly higher after announcing its most recent quarterly results. The company reported its fiscal third-quarter revenue and earnings before markets opened, beating analyst expectations.

The company posted FQ3 non-GAAP earnings per share of $2.96, beating the consensus for analyst expectations of $2.19.

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In addition, the company’s GAAP EPS of $3.19 outperformed the average analyst estimate of $2.13, while revenue for the quarter surged 82.9% from the same quarter in 2020 to $44.71 billion, $3.82 billion above estimates.

Chevron looks undervalued

From an investment perspective, Chevron shares trade at a compelling forward P/E ratio of 13.19, making the stock an attractive option for value investors.

However, analysts are less optimistic about the company’s growth prospects. They expect its earnings per share to fall by nearly 292% this year before recovering slightly by 18.86% next year.

Therefore, growth investors could opt for alternatives in the market.

Source – TradingView

Technically, Chevron shares seem to be trading within an ascending channel formation in the intraday chart. However, the stock has recently pulled back to find the trendline support, creating a perfect opportunity for a short-term rebound.

Nonetheless, with shares still pinned closer to overbought conditions, the upward movement could be limited.

Therefore, investors could target downward profits at about $107.21, or lower at $99.98. On the other hand, if the stock bounced off the support trendline pushing higher deep into overbought conditions, it could find resistance at about $120.30, or higher at $126.95.

Time for profit-takers to swoop in?

In summary, Chevron shares have spiked nearly 20% since the 20th of September and more than 64% over the last 12 months. 

Therefore, given the company’s underwhelming earnings growth prospects, it may be best to take some profits now rather than betting on Chevron’s compelling valuation.