Buy, Sell or Hold? Sell-side Consensus is in on Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB), Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD)

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 1.6. 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 Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO). The highest current target is $40. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $29. The consensus target price is currently noted at $35. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $0.53. 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 2017-05-17. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $0.53 for the quarter ending 2017-01-31. The gap between the actual and the projected estimate leading up to earnings created a surprise factor of 6%.

In the most recent session, L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) shares have traded +1.15%. Following the stock price relative to moving averages may offer enhanced perspective on stock performance. After a recent review, the stock has been noted $-4.15 away from the 50-day moving average of $52.47 and $-16.02 away from the 200-day moving average of $64.34. From a different angle, the stock has been recently recorded -45.56% off of the 52-week high of 88.76 and +3.34% removed from the 52-week low of 46.76. 

Currently, L Brands, Inc. has a price to earnings ratio of 12.14. 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 1.66.

Price Target Update

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have set a consensus target price of $54.00 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.

Wall Street sell-side research analysts covering Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) shares have recently provided various price target projections on where the stock might be going. According to them, the stock is expected to reach $157.562 on a consensus level within the next year, according to Zacks. The most bullish estimate sees the stock reaching $175 while the most conservative estimate stand at $141.

Zacks also gives an average broker rating based on the sell-side recommendations from the analysts who cover Home Depot Inc. They give the company shares an ABR of 1.88. This is based on the 16 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks.

Earnings Estimates for Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD)

Currently, Wall Street is projecting that the firm will post $1.6 earnings per share. This consensus number is also derived from Zacks. For the most recent period which ended on 2017-01-31, Home Depot Inc's EPS was reported as $1.44. This created a “surprise factor” 8.27% due to being $0.11 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 2017-05-16, the date when Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) are expected to release their quarterly results.

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