Is it Time to Buy? Analysts Weighing in on These Shares: Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA), J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP)

Is it Time to Buy? Analysts Weighing in on These Shares: Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA), J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP)

Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) shares are trading -1.14% thus far today and have traded in the range of 24.26 – 24.70 during the current session. In order to take a look at where the stock might headed longer term, we can also look at different sets of data. Sell-side research firms currently have a consensus one year price target of $29.05 on the stock according to First Call. This number can often vary from the Zacks or FactSet mean targets. The sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $0.49 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $1.98 per share according to First Call.

Stock Technicals in Focus

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading -5.76% away from its 50 day moving average of $25.75. Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -23.68% off of its 52-week high of $31.80 and +2.58% away from its 52-week low which is $23.66. In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 13.20. This is a crucial indicator investors watch as higher ratios compared to peers, would suggest higher future earnings growth potential for the stock. The price to current year EPS estimates from research analysts currently stands at 12.26. In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is 10.93.

Today, the stock opened at $24.70 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $24.27. During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $24.26 and touched $24.70 as the high point. Discovery Communications, Inc. has a market cap of 10.15B and has seen an average daily volume of 3271100 over the past three months.

The Wall Street analysts who cover J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP) shares are providing price target projections on the company. They project that the shares will move to $12.269 within the upcoming year. The number they've arrived at is calculated by Zacks.com, long known as a provider of top-notch investment research. From the analysts polled by Zack's Research, the highest estimate stands at $20 and the lowest is at $7 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. J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP)'s shares currently have an ABR of 2.47.

During this fiscal period, Street analysts are projecting $-0.19 earnings/share. This represents the current Zacks consensus EPS. For the period which closed on 2016-07-31, J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP) dialed in an EPS of $-0.05, creating a Surprise Factor of 66.67% (the difference between analyst projections and actual numbers). Curious investors will be awaiting 2016-11-11, the date when J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP) will release their quarterly results.

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