Analysts Poring Over the Numbers on Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC)

Investors paying close attention to the daily ebbs and flows of the stock market may be trying to guess which way momentum will swing into the next couple of months. Finding those stocks that are ready to ride the lightning may not be the easiest task with markets chugging along near all time highs. Investors may have to first figure out how much risk they want to take on when picking the next round of stocks. Once the risk appetite is determined, investors can start to decide whether they think it is best to go with the flow or buck the trend. Either way, paying attention to short-term and long-term price moves may help paint a clearer picture of what is happening with a particular stock. Maybe those stocks that were sure-fire winners a few months ago have lost some steam. Adjusting the portfolio may or may not be necessary, but knowing exactly what stocks are owned and how they are performing may help with additional decision making along the way. Of course nobody wants to be on the outside looking in as a stock is taking off, but there should be plenty of other opportunities in the future. Staying current with global economic conditions and keeping a finger on the pulse of the company during earnings season can help shed some light on where the stock may be headed next.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) currently has an A verage Broker Rating of 2.42. This number is based on the 19 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 62. Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $31.69 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. 

An evaluation of a stock’s expected performance and/or its risk level as judged by a rating agency such as Standard and Poor’s. A stock rating will usually tell the investor how well a stock’s market value relates to what analysts believe is a fair value for the stock, based on an objective evaluation of the company. The greater the amount by which the fair value exceeds the market value, the more highly recommended a buy the stock is. Conversely, if the market value of the stock exceeds the fair value of the stock, then analysts recommend that the stock be sold.

Research analysts are predicting that Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) will report earnings of $0.43 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 Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) posted quarterly earnings of $0.33 which compared to the sell-side estimates of 0.31. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $1.23. Shares have moved $12.46 over the past month and more recently, $0.27 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 12 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) closed the last session at $33.04 and sees an average of 6378039 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $23.49 while the current level stands at 89.5% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved 17.75% over the past 12 weeks and 38.3% year to date.

6 analysts rate Symantec Corporation a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 31.58% 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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