While the world continues to wrestle with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, investors are naturally wondering what lies in store for some of the country's largest quoted companies, such as Standard Chartered (LON:STAN).
Standard Chartered is an important stock because it's one of just 200 shares in the UK market valued at more than £1.0 billion (its market cap is £12,365m).
Large-caps like this play an influential role in the performance of investment funds and pension portfolios held by millions of savers. For that reason, they are also closely watched by professional analysts, who usually understand their businesses better than most.
So how have the shares performed over the past year?
On a 12 month basis, the Standard Chartered share price has seen an absolute move of -41.7%. On a relative basis - which take into account the movement of the wider market - the shares have moved by -30.0% over the past year and by -22.3% over the past six months.
But what now?
Do analysts rate it as a buy, sell or hold?
Regardless of recent performance, the main question is what the future holds. In uncertain economic conditions, it's often difficult to get an accurate view. The good news is that analysts generally have a solid understanding of the market's biggest businesses, so they are well-placed to make predictions. That shows up in their Buy, Hold and Sell recommendations.
Among the analysts covering Standard Chartered, there are currently:
- 4 Buy recommendations
- 8 Hold recommendations
- 2 Sell recommendations
With this kind of information, it's possible to start forming a view about the outlook for any share. A combination of recent price performance and analyst recommendations gives you a flavour of whether the market is expecting a bright future - or whether there are causes for concern.
It's also worth looking at the profile of the stock to understand whether it has strong positive exposure to important factors like Quality, Value and Momentum. On that basis, Stockopedia currently classifies Standard Chartered as a style neutral. You can read more about what that means here.
There are all sorts of factors that could affect Standard Chartered's share price this year – we simplify them into easy to understand scores with our Stockopedia StockReport. Click here to take a look at the StockReport for Standard Chartered – you might discover some surprising things you didn’t know.