Are Analysts Buzzing Over Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE:AYI) Shares?

Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE:AYI) currently has an A verage Broker Rating of 2. This number is based on the 12 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 175. Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $202 within the year.  The ABR is provided by Zacks which simplfies analyst ratings into an integer based number. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating. 

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Research analysts are predicting that Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE:AYI) will report earnings of $2.11 per share when the firm issues their next quarterly report. This is the consensus earnings per share number according to data from Zack’s Research.

Most recently Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE:AYI) posted quarterly earnings of $2.55 which compared to the sell-side estimates of 2.4. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $8.47. Shares have moved $-2.86 over the past month and more recently, $3.61 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 1 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE:AYI) closed the last session at $174.2 and sees an average of 765873.69 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $157.66 while the current level stands at 16.38% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved -14.35% over the past 12 weeks and -24.54% year to date.

7 analysts rate Acuity Brands Inc a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 58.33% of all the analyst ratings.

This article is informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell the stock.

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