Analyst PT & Stock Review on Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV), WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)

Research analysts covering Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) are projecting that the shares reach $60.3 within the next 12-18 months.  This is the consensus number derived from the 10 analyst reports taken into consideration. The most bullish, or aggressive analyst target pins the projected price at $65, while the most bearish, or conservative analyst sees the stock reaching $51.

Broker Rating Update on Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)

Zacks provides analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. Shares of Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) currently have an ABR of 1.89. 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 $0.62 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 2016-12-31, Southwest Airlines Company reported EPS of $0.74 for a surprise factor of 7.25%, calculated by being $0.05 away from analyst projections.

Investors will be marking their calendars for 2017-04-27, when the company is planning to release their quarterly results.

Wall Street sell-side research analysts covering WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK) shares have recently provided various price target projections on where the stock might be going. According to them, the stock is expected to reach $56.571 on a consensus level within the next year, according to Zacks. The most bullish estimate sees the stock reaching $65 while the most conservative estimate stand at $42.

Zacks also gives an average broker rating based on the sell-side recommendations from the analysts who cover WestRock Co. They give the company shares an ABR of 1.5. This is based on the 7 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks.

Earnings Estimates for WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK)

Currently, Wall Street is projecting that the firm will post $0.47 earnings per share. This consensus number is also derived from Zacks. For the most recent period which ended on 2016-12-31, WestRock Co's EPS was reported as $0.47. This created a “surprise factor” 2.17% due to being $0.01 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 2017-05-05, the date when WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK) are expected to release their quarterly results.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) shares are trading +0.63% thus far today and have traded in the range of 141.43 – 142.86 during the current session. In order to take a look at where the stock might headed longer term, we can also look at different sets of data. Sell-side research firms currently have a consensus one year price target of $160.32 on the stock according to First Call. This number can often vary from the Zacks or FactSet mean targets. The sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $1.30 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $5.42 per share according to First Call.

Stock Technicals in Focus

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading +3.89% away from its 50 day moving average of $137.31. Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -0.15% off of its 52-week high of $142.86 and +34.18% away from its 52-week low which is $106.31. In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 40.84. This is a crucial indicator investors watch as higher ratios compared to peers, would suggest higher future earnings growth potential for the stock. The price to current year EPS estimates from research analysts currently stands at 26.32. In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is 21.35.

Today, the stock opened at $142.00 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $142.65. During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $141.43 and touched $142.86 as the high point. Facebook, Inc. has a market cap of 412.26B and has seen an average daily volume of 18028200 over the past three months.

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