Sell-side Consensus on: NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR), Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG)

Research analysts covering NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) are projecting that the shares reach $43.307 within the next 12-18 months.  This is the consensus number derived from the 13 analyst reports taken into consideration. The most bullish, or aggressive analyst target pins the projected price at $62, while the most bearish, or conservative analyst sees the stock reaching $25.

Broker Rating Update on NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP)

Zacks provides analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. Shares of NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) currently have an ABR of 2.92. This is based on a simplified 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.  Moving to earnings estimates, for this current fiscal period, Wall Street analysts have projected that the company will post $0.68 earnings per share. This is the current Zacks consensus EPS which was calculated at the time of writing. Analysts will likely revise their estimates leading in to the actual results date.  

taking a look at the most recent period, which closed on 2017-01-31, NetApp, Inc. reported EPS of $0.72 for a surprise factor of 22.03%, calculated by being $0.13 away from analyst projections.

Investors will be marking their calendars for 2017-05-24, when the company is planning to release their quarterly results.

Wall Street sell-side research analysts covering SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) shares have recently provided various price target projections on where the stock might be going. According to them, the stock is expected to reach $10.423 on a consensus level within the next year, according to Zacks. The most bullish estimate sees the stock reaching $20 while the most conservative estimate stand at $6.

Zacks also gives an average broker rating based on the sell-side recommendations from the analysts who cover SunPower Corporation. They give the company shares an ABR of 2.69. This is based on the 13 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks.

Earnings Estimates for SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR)

Currently, Wall Street is projecting that the firm will post $-0.93 earnings per share. This consensus number is also derived from Zacks. For the most recent period which ended on 2016-12-31, SunPower Corporation's EPS was reported as $-0.73. This created a “surprise factor” -43.14% due to being $-0.22 apart from what Wall Street predicted. When actual numbers differ greatly from the consensus expectations, sharp movement in the stock price can often be seen in the hours or days following the report.

Investors will mark their calendars for 2017-05-04, the date when SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) are expected to release their quarterly results.

For the current quarter, analysts are expecting Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) to report EPS of $0.99. This consensus estimate is provided by Zacks Research. After the period that ended on 2017-01-31, Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) reported an EPS actual of $1.49. The difference between the actual and estimate resulted in a surprise factor of 5.67%. The company is expected to release their next earnings report on or around 2017-05-25. Interested parties will be watching to see how company results compare to what the Street was projecting for the fiscal period.

Shares of Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) have a current ABR or average broker rating of 2.31. This consensus recommendation is also provided by Zacks Research. The recommendation falls on a scale between 1 and 5. A broker rating of 1 would translate into a Strong Buy. A rating of 5 would indicate a Strong Sell recommendation. This consensus broker rating may help shed some light on how the sell-side is currently viewing company stock.

Covering analysts often provide target price projections for company shares. The current Zacks consensus target price on shares of Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) is $82.647. The top analyst target is $98, and the lowest target is $68 on the stock. Because of the different techniques used to gauge a company target price, estimates may be quite different from one analyst to another.

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