Brokerage Firm Analyst Consensus on Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB)


Wall Street sell-side research analysts covering Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) shares have recently provided various price target projections on where the stock might be going. According to them, the stock is expected to reach $170.23 on a consensus level within the next year, according to Zacks. The most bullish estimate sees the stock reaching $195 while the most conservative estimate stand at $135.

Zacks also gives an average broker rating based on the sell-side recommendations from the analysts who cover Costco Wholesale Corporation. They give the company shares an ABR of 1.72. This is based on the 13 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks.

Earnings Estimates for Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST)

Currently, Wall Street is projecting that the firm will post $1.2 earnings per share. This consensus number is also derived from Zacks. For the most recent period which ended on 2016-08-31, Costco Wholesale Corporation's EPS was reported as $1.77. This created a “surprise factor” 2.31% due to being $0.04 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 2016-12-13, the date when Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) are expected to release their quarterly results.

Research analysts covering L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) are projecting that the shares reach $75.5 within the next 12-18 months.  This is the consensus number derived from the 20 analyst reports taken into consideration. The most bullish, or aggressive analyst target pins the projected price at $90, while the most bearish, or conservative analyst sees the stock reaching $60.

Broker Rating Update on L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB)

Zacks provides analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. Shares of L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) currently have an ABR of 2.45. 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 $0.45 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 2016-07-31, L Brands, Inc. reported EPS of $0.7 for a surprise factor of 18.64%, calculated by being $0.11 away from analyst projections.

Investors will be marking their calendars for 2016-11-16, when the company is planning to release their quarterly results.

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