Vodafone Share Price Forecast - Buy, Sell or Hold?
Vodafone’s share price hasn’t performed well over the past few years and has been languishing at 20-year lows for the past few years. However, they have started to gain some traction this year and not just because of the current 5.78% dividend yield.
Activist investor Cevian Capital has taken a stake in the FTSE 100 company and has been holding talks with Vodafone’s management team on how to improve performance. Investors are now keen to learn more about the Vodafone share price forecast.
In this article, we go through the Vodafone share price broker forecasts and how to invest with competitive fees.
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Vodafone Share Price Forecast UK
Is Vodafone stock a good buy? According to the 11 analysts polled by MarketBeat, there are currently 11 buy ratings on the stock and zero hold or sell ratings. Analysts at Goldman Sachs has one of the highest price targets on the stock of GBX 180.00p, while analysts at Credit Suisse have one of the lowest price targets on the stock at GBX 150.00p - both issued at the beginning of this year.
Source: MarketBeat, 31 January 2022
Even though there are more buy ratings for the Vodafone Group PLC share price forecast, it does not mean the share price will go up immediately. However, at the time of writing Vodafone’s share price was trading around GBX 130.02.
This means the stock is trading well below the lowest price target of the Vodafone share price broker forecasts. A move back towards the average Vodafone share price forecast of GBX 167.67 represents a more than 25% push higher.
Vodafone Share Price Forecast & History
While global stock markets crashed during the pandemic, Vodafone’s share price had been struggling since 2018. In fact, from the high of 2018 to the most recent low in March 2020 the stock has fallen around 60%.
Why are Vodafone shares going down? During this period of time, Vodafone had been struggling with a decline in global sales and a high level of debt. The pandemic also took its toll on Vodafone’s share price as there was a huge decline in roaming revenue.
However, the Vodafone share price forecast 2021 experienced some positive elements. The company sold off some of its European mobile tower's business with the rest due to be spun off into a separate company that will be listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
The high debt load comes from Vodafone’s $21.3 billion acquisition of Liberty Global’s cable systems in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania. The aim is for Vodafone to be “Europe’s leading converged operator with 116.3 million mobile customers, 24.2 million broadband customers and 22.1 million TV customers across 13 European countries.”
Vodafone Share Price Forecast Buy or Sell Analysis
Is VOD a buy now? From the start of this year, Vodafone’s share price is already up nearly 15%. The market has liked the news that activist investors Cevian Capital took a stake in the company and is pushing for some major changes in the telecoms giant.
Cevian has already been talking to Vodafone’s management team is trying to help them simplify their business offering and make it a more focused operating company. In the long term, this could potentially benefit shareholders.
Source: Admirals MetaTrader 5, VOD, Monthly - Data range: from 1 Jan 1990 to 31 Jan 2022, performed on 31 Jan 2022, at 8:30 am GMT. Please note: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
In the above long term, monthly price chart of the Vodafone London share price forecast, you can see that for much of 2021, the Vodafone share price was hovering at 20-year lows around the GBX 110.00 price level. Considering the long term decline before this, it’s a sign that the price action could be bottoming out.
A break above the GBX 143.00 price level could be a bullish sign for the share price as buyers struggled twice in 2021 to break through it. In fact, from the low of 2022 to the average price target for the stock at GBX 167.67, it represents a more than 45% push higher.
Vodafone shares also provide a 5.78% dividend yield which is a source of income for many shareholders, although this value will change over time. But, this extra source of revenue is well worth taking into consideration if you are analysing the Vodafone share price forecast 2025 and beyond.
However, there are some major headwinds that could affect Vodafone’s share price. The debt load is very high and it may take some time for that to be paid down. Rising interest rates around the world are also a concern on how expensive the debt could become.
While technically the price is being supported at 20-year lows, a break below this level on negative sentiment could confirm a downtrend and a lower share price for the future.
Vodafone Share Price Forecast Timing
Many stock market investors will use fundamental analysis to learn more about big picture factors affecting the share price such as economic trends and changes in corporate management.
Technical analysis is typically used to identify how buyers and sellers are moving price and what the overall sentiment and trend of the stock is.
The Technical Insight Lookup indicator which can be found in the Premium Analytics section from the Admirals Trader’s Room provides real-time, actionable technical analysis trading ideas on thousands of stocks from around the world.
Source: Admirals Premium Analytics, 31 January 2022
The screenshot above shows a search for Vodafone’s share price from the Technical Insight Lookup indicator. The list is categorised into short-term (2 – 6 weeks), intermediate-term (6 weeks – 9 months) and long-term (more than 9 months).
At the time of writing, it is currently showing 25 technical events that are taking place on the stock. The intermediate-term and long-term technical events are also pointing towards the potential for further upside in the stock.
You can click on any one of the technical events and read more about what is happening, with a picture explaining the technical setup. This is a great way to learn more about technical analysis and to aid in your current decision-making process.
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