Stocks Favored by Analysts: Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA), Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU)

Stocks Favored by Analysts: Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA), Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU)

The Wall Street analysts who cover Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) shares are providing price target projections on the company. They project that the shares will move to $284.416 within the upcoming year. The number they've arrived at is calculated by, long known as a provider of top-notch investment research. From the analysts polled by Zack's Research, the highest estimate stands at $325 and the lowest is at $250 for the stock.

Analyst Ratings In View

Zacks provides the average brokerage recommendation (ABR) for thousands of stocks for institutions and retail investors alike. This the calculated average of the actual recommendations (strong buy, hold, sell etc.) made for a given stock. The ABR is typically displayed with decimals (e.g. 1.52) versus the Zacks Rank, which is only shown in whole numbers (e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc.). This simplifies brokerage recommendations, which can become complicated. Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA)'s shares currently have an ABR of 1.82.

During this fiscal period, Street analysts are projecting $1.3 earnings/share. This represents the current Zacks consensus EPS. For the period which closed on 2016-07-31, Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) dialed in an EPS of $1.43, creating a Surprise Factor of 2.88% (the difference between analyst projections and actual numbers). Curious investors will be awaiting 2016-12-01, the date when Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) will release their quarterly results.

Research analysts covering Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU) are projecting that the shares reach $19.115 within the next 12-18 months.  This is the consensus number derived from the 13 analyst reports taken into consideration. The most bullish, or aggressive analyst target pins the projected price at $24, while the most bearish, or conservative analyst sees the stock reaching $15.

Broker Rating Update on Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU)

Zacks provides analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. Shares of Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU) currently have an ABR of 3.01. This is based on a simplified 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.  Moving to earnings estimates, for this current fiscal period, Wall Street analysts have projected that the company will post $0.44 earnings per share. This is the current Zacks consensus EPS which was calculated at the time of writing. Analysts will likely revise their estimates leading in to the actual results date.  

taking a look at the most recent period, which closed on 2016-06-30, Western Union Company (The) reported EPS of $0.42 for a surprise factor of 5%, calculated by being $0.02 away from analyst projections.

Investors will be marking their calendars for 2016-11-03, when the company is planning to release their quarterly results.