Earnings According to Analysts for Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW)?

In a turbulent environment, investors are inclined to put in some extra work to stay on top of the latest market happenings. Analysts and investors are typically highly focused on company earnings numbers when they are published. Company earnings are a good way to analyze the profitability of the company. Sell-side analysts are currently looking for Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) to post quarterly EPS of $-0.27. The company’s next earnings report is expected to be released on or around 2016-11-28 for the period ending on 2016-10-31. The company posted EPS of $-0.36 for the same quarter last year. Most recently, the company reported EPS of $-0.51. Prior to the last earnings report, Zacks Research had a consensus estimate looking for EPS of $-0.24. The gap between the estimate and actual number was $-0.27 which created a surprise factor of -112.5%. The surprise factor can cause substantial stock fluctuations after the earnings release. 

Whether a company misses or beats analyst estimates, the earnings report may guide short-term stock price movemments. Investors may also take note of the directional trend of estimates before a company’s earnings report. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) most recently posted actual quarterly EPS of $-0.51 compared to the Zacks Research consensus estimate of $-0.24. The resulting difference was $-0.27 creating a surprise factor of -112.5%. 23 brokerage firms are currently covering Palo Alto Networks, Inc.. These analysts polled by Zacks Research currently have a mean target price of $184.086 on the stock. The highest target is currently $210 and the most conservative target sees the stock hitting $150 within the year. In looking at the standard deviation of all estimates, we arrive at 13.003.

Zacks Research uses an analyst ratings scale from 1 to 5. On this scale, a 1 would represent a Strong Buy, and a 5 rating would signal a Strong Sell recommendation. Combining all the recommendations on Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW), the mean currently stands at 1.33. Breaking those down we see that the ratings are as follows: 21 Strong Buy, 3 Rated Buy, 3 Rated Hold and 0 Rated Sell.

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