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Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCL)

In scouring the vast ocean of stocks, searching for endless opportunities to capitalize on when the tide does turn, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCL) might deliver exceptional opportunities.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCL) It is the world's second-largest cruise line operator based in Miami, Florida and one of our latest additions to the EasyEquities US stock offering.

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Not going to sugar-coat it, but this industry has been taking the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and might still be under pressure for some time, and that is part of the appeal if it doesn't go under. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises meaningful debt load, around 135% of its market capitalization might contribute to its low expectations, despite improved earnings. The company has a meager P/E ratio and is excellent value based on earnings compared to the U.S. market.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCL) share overview:

  • Sector: Consumer Discretionary
  • Market Cap of $7.2 Billion
  • Dividend Yield: 8.72 %
  • Price/Earnings (LTM): 3.8x
  • Next Earnings: 28 April 2020
  • 52 Week Range low of $22.33 and $135.05 per share high.

Booking trends for cruise liners are reported to be on the increase for 2021, with seeing a 40% increase in bookings. In a recent UBS research note, the bank also anticipates a 9% increase in 2021 bookings. Booking trends are not a bad indication for investing in these cruise liners, but the reality is will they stay afloat until the pandemic passes. 

Chart Life

The price action on Royal Caribbean Cruises has been under immense pressure dropping over 83% from its January 2020 high. The $22.23 per share support will be watched closely as a break down from this level would target the $19.00 per share level last seen in 2012.

The solid red line on the chart is the current price target expectations of the analyst on Royal Caribbean Cruises at $75.06 per share.

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Informed decisions

Holiday travel has been on the back burner for some time now and will continue to be affected as long as lock downs due to the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. RCL is not a buy right now while it navigates the uncertain shores of the coronavirus, but definitely, one to keep on the watch list. 

Portfolio particulars

  • Portfolio Neutral (Current)*
  • Portfolio Buy opportunity: Neutral**
  • WhatsTheBeef long term target price: Neutral.

Know your company: Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCL)

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) is a global cruise holding company incorporated in Liberia and based in Miami, Florida, US.
  • As of March 2009, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. wholly owns three cruise lines: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Cruises.
  • They also hold a 67% stake in Silversea Cruises,[2] a 50% stake in TUI Cruises and 49% stakes in Pullmantur Cruises and the now-defunct CDF Croisières de France.

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Source – EasyResearch, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Koyfin, SeekingAlpha, Yahoo Finance, Wikipedia.

Take note – all stock data and pricing were taken on 22 April 2020 before the U.S. market open.

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