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 ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS) to post quarterly EPS of $1.61. The company’s next earnings report is expected to be released on or around 2017-02-02 for the period ending on 2016-12-31. The company posted EPS of $1.4 for the same quarter last year. Most recently, the company reported EPS of $2.47. Prior to the last earnings report, Zacks Research had a consensus estimate looking for EPS of $1.9. The gap between the estimate and actual number was $0.57 which created a surprise factor of 30%. The surprise factor can cause substantial stock fluctuations after the earnings release.
The earnings report has the ability to trigger near-term movements of the stock whether results hit or miss expectations. Before the earnings report, investors might be watching directional trends of estimates. The company posted actual EPS for the last quarter of $2.47. The Zacks Research consensus estimate prior to earnings was $1.9. The difference between the two numbers was $0.57 which resulted in a surprise factor of 30%.
2 analysts polled by Zacks Research currently have a mean target price of $109.5 on ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS). The top target is presently $113 and the lowest target has the stock reaching $106 within the year. In looking at the standard deviation of all estimates, we arrive at 4.949. Zacks Research also uses an analyst ratings scale that spans from 1 to 5. Using this scale, a 1 would indicate a Strong Buy, and a 5 rating would represent a Strong Sell rating. Using all the ratings on ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS), the mean rests at 1.67. Breaking those down we see that the ratings are as follows: 2 Strong Buy, 0 Rated Buy, 1 Rated Hold and 0 Rated Sell.
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