Is it Time to Buy? Analysts Weighing in on These Shares: Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK), Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM)


During the most recent trading session, Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK) shares traded -2.035%. Tracking the stock price in relation to moving averages may provide enhanced perspective on stock performance. After a recent look, the stock has been seen trading $-0.527 off of the 50-day moving average of $60.462 and $4.103 separated from the 200-day moving average of $55.832. Taking a further look from a different perspective, the stock has been recently recorded -10.411% off of the 52-week high of 66.900 and +100.787% apart from the 52-week low of 29.850. Monitoring stock price activity relative to moving averages and the highs and lows for the past year might help with future stock price value assessment. 

Price Target in Focus

While monitoring stock technicals is important, most investors are more concerned with where the stock might be going now.  Equity research analysts have provided views on where they believe the stock will be trading in the future. According to Thomson Reuters, sell-side analysts are projecting a consensus target price of $69.610 on company shares. This is a near-term estimate for the next 12-18 months.

Currently, Splunk Inc. has a price to earnings ratio of N/A. Analysts and investors may also opt to evaluate a company's PEG or price to earnings growth ratio. The stock currently has a PEG Ratio of 0.000.

Wall Street sell-side research analysts covering Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) shares have recently provided various price target projections on where the stock might be going. According to them, the stock is expected to reach $93.466 on a consensus level within the next year, according to Zacks. The most bullish estimate sees the stock reaching $100 while the most conservative estimate stand at $85.

Zacks also gives an average broker rating based on the sell-side recommendations from the analysts who cover Yum! Brands, Inc.. They give the company shares an ABR of 2.2. This is based on the 15 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks.

Earnings Estimates for Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM)

Currently, Wall Street is projecting that the firm will post $1.09 earnings per share. This consensus number is also derived from Zacks. For the most recent period which ended on 2016-06-30, Yum! Brands, Inc.'s EPS was reported as $0.75. This created a “surprise factor” 1.35% due to being $0.01 apart from what Wall Street predicted. When actual numbers differ greatly from the consensus expectations, sharp movement in the stock price can often be seen in the hours or days following the report.

Investors will mark their calendars for 2016-10-05, the date when Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) are expected to release their quarterly results.

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