This Reopening Stock's Pullback Offers an Intriguing Entry Point

LYV's recent pullback has found chart support

Apr 26, 2021 at 10:53 AM
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Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV) hasn't had a lot to do in the last 12 months. But as U.S. vaccinations keep climbing, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and with that light comes the return of live entertainment. In other words, LYV is worth a closer look right now.

For starters, Live Nation Entertainment will release its first quarter earnings after market hours on Thursday, May 6. LYV outperformed analyst expectations on two out of the four earnings reports released for 2020, resulting in post-earnings pops of 1.9% in February and 6.6% back in May. Overall, the stock averages a post-earnings move of 2.9% in the last eight quarters, regardless of direction. This time around, the options market is pricing in a larger-than-usual post-earnings move of 5.9%.

On the charts, LYV has more than doubled in value in the last 12 months. The shares scored a record high of $94.63 on March 3, and the subsequent pullback has been met by their ascending 100-day moving average. Yet despite the uptrend, the majority of analysts recommend a "hold" on LYV, and a healthy 9% o the stock's total available float is sold short.

LYV Stock Chart

In 2020, Live Nation Entertainment's revenue fell an incredible 94%, down to $1.86 billion from $11.55 billion reported in 2019.  Meanwhile, net income dropped to -$1.65 billion from $324.8 million in 2019. Despite all of that, Live Nation Entertainment stock climbed to all-time highs amid the company’s worst financial year by far.

Live Nation Entertainment holds a solid $2.54 billion in cash to help the company get through the final stretch of the pandemic. In addition, LYV was able to minimize the damage and only rack up $6.46 billion in total debt. Overall, LYV still faces a huge uphill battle to recover their previous financial figures, but it should be able to perform in the long-term.


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