Analysts and investors will be looking forward to the next earnings release from Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ:PENN) which is scheduled to be on or around 2017-01-26 for the period ending 2016-12-31. Covering sell-side analysts have a current quarter earnings per share estimate of $-0.14. In the same quarter last year, the company posted EPS of $N/A.
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. Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ:PENN) most recently posted actual quarterly EPS of $0.51 compared to the Zacks Research consensus estimate of $0.27. The resulting difference was $0.24 creating a surprise factor of 88.89%. 8 brokerage firms are currently covering Penn National Gaming, Inc.. These analysts polled by Zacks Research currently have a mean target price of $18.125 on the stock. The highest target is currently $23 and the most conservative target sees the stock hitting $14 within the year. In looking at the standard deviation of all estimates, we arrive at 2.9.
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 Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ:PENN), the mean currently stands at 1.44. Breaking those down we see that the ratings are as follows: 7 Strong Buy, 0 Rated Buy, 2 Rated Hold and 0 Rated Sell.
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