Investors are Watching These Stocks: U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST)

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U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 2.44. This recommendation is offered by Zacks Research. The rating lands on a sliding numerical scale from 1 to 5. A recommendation of 5 would indicate a Strong Sell, and a 1 would signify a Strong Buy. The mean rating may help provide a general sense of analyst sentiment on company shares.

Sell-side analysts taken into consideration by Zacks have also provided price target estimates on shares of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB). The highest current target is $60. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $43. The consensus target price is currently noted at $52.375. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $0.8. This is the current consensus figure provided by Zacks. Investors and analysts will be looking for the company to next post earnings on or around 2017-04-19. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $0.82 for the quarter ending 2016-12-31. The gap between the actual and the projected estimate leading up to earnings created a surprise factor of 1.23%.

In the most recent session, Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) shares have traded +0.40%. Following the stock price relative to moving averages may offer enhanced perspective on stock performance. After a recent review, the stock has been noted $-3.11 away from the 50-day moving average of $170.54 and $8.42 away from the 200-day moving average of $159.01. From a different angle, the stock has been recently recorded -6.31% off of the 52-week high of 178.71 and +20.83% removed from the 52-week low of 138.57. 

Currently, Costco Wholesale Corporation has a price to earnings ratio of 30.89. Analysts and investors may also opt to evaluate a company's PEG or price to earnings growth ratio. The PEG ratio represents the ratio of the price to earnings to the anticipated future growth rate of the company. If a company has a PEG Ratio below one, it may be viewed as undervalued. If a company has a PEG Ratio above one, it may show that the company is overvalued. A PEG Ratio near one may be viewed as fair value. The stock currently has a PEG Ratio of 2.91.

Price Target Update

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have set a consensus target price of $181.83 on shares. Target prices may vary from one analyst to another due to the various ways they may proceed to calculate future price targets. This is a near-term estimation for the next 12-18 months.

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