When a company reports earnings, the reports are intensely examined by investors and analysts alike. Earnings are important because they can give insight into the profitability of a company. Covering Street analysts are looking for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to report quarterly EPS of $1.64. The company is next expected to publish earnings on or around 2016-10-25 for the period ending 2016-09-30.
When a company releases earnings information, the results have the possibility of causing short-term stock movements whether the company misses or beats projections. Prior to the company’s earnings report, investors may be tracking directional trends of provided estimates. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) most recently reported a previous quarter earnings per share of $1.42. The Zacks Research consensus before the earnings release was $1.39.
The gap between the estimate and actual was $0.03 which created a surprise factor of 2.16%. The current mean price target on the stock is $124.321 which includes 28 analysts that were polled by Zacks Research. The high end target price has shares touching $168 and the low end target estimate has the stock moving to $82 within the year. In looking at the standard deviation of all estimates, we arrive at 17.665.
Zacks Research also uses a numerical ratings scale that spans from 1 to 5. Using this rating scale, a 1 would represent a Strong Buy, and a 5 rating would represent a Strong Sell rating. Combining all the ratings on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the current mean is sitting at 1.52. Breaking those down we see that the ratings are as follows: 25 Strong Buy, 3 Rated Buy, 3 Rated Hold and 0 Rated Sell.
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