Investors and analysts will be closely watching when the company next reports earnings numbers. Earnings results can offer insight into the overall profitability of a specific company. Sell-side equity analysts are looking for Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) to report quarterly EPS of $2.29. The company is slated to next report earnings on or around 2016-10-26 for the period ending on 2016-09-30.
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. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) most recently posted actual quarterly EPS of $2.31 compared to the Zacks Research consensus estimate of $2.29. The resulting difference was $0.02 creating a surprise factor of 0.87%. 14 brokerage firms are currently covering Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings. These analysts polled by Zacks Research currently have a mean target price of $149.535 on the stock. The highest target is currently $164 and the most conservative target sees the stock hitting $132 within the year. In looking at the standard deviation of all estimates, we arrive at 9.966.
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 Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH), the mean currently stands at 1.5. Breaking those down we see that the ratings are as follows: 10 Strong Buy, 2 Rated Buy, 3 Rated Hold and 0 Rated Sell.
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