Analysts Pounding the Pavement on Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 1.13. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 190. This number is based on the 20 sell-side firms polled by Zacks.  

Each brokerage research report carries with it some form of recommendation. The brokerage firms may use different lingo for their rating systems (like saying Outperform instead of Buy), but they can all be properly sorted into our 5 level classification system that is now the industry standard. Each of the 5 classifications has a value associated with it to help compute the ABR. 

As the name implies the ABR will show you the Average of Brokerage Recommendations on a given stock. The benefit is that you quickly get a snapshot of where Wall Street stands on a stock without having to read a mountain of research reports.

Broker recommendations are made by brokerage firms (for example, JP Morgan) and are not an outright recommendation to buy or sell a share, but instead give an indication of how the broker thinks the company will perform relative to its sector. Their recommendations are issued over a particular period of time. The recommendations provided in the Research Centre are shown on a 75 day rolling basis. Each brokerage firm has its own way of rating that may make it difficult to compare broker recommendations between the brokerage houses.

For example, at one brokerage “buy” may be the strongest recommendation, while at another “buy” could be second to a “strong buy” rating. The second-highest ratings also have a number of different other names: “accumulate”, “outperform”, “moderate buy” or “overweight”.

Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $45.77 within the year.

As the markets continue to charge to new heights, investors may be trying to calculate where the markets will be moving in the next few months. Many market enthusiasts will be monitoring the current round of company earnings reports. A better than expected earnings period may help give the stock market another boost to even greater levels. At this point in time, investors may be a bit more cautious with stock selection. With so many names near all-time highs, investors may need to crunch the numbers to evaluate which stocks are still a good buy even at current price levels. Investors may also want to zoom out to the sector level and see if they can determine which sectors may be poised to outperform the overall market coming in to the second part of the year. Investors may also be looking at the overall economic conditions and striving to gain a sense of whether everything will align to keeping the bull run going.

Most recently Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) posted quarterly earnings of $0.52 which compared to the sell-side estimates of 0.49. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $1.96. Shares have moved $-1.42 over the past month and more recently, $-3.03 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 14 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

Research analysts are predicting that Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) will report earnings of $0.49 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.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) closed the last session at $37.42 and sees an average of 23649720 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $30.33 while the current level stands at 60.81% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved -4.88% over the past 12 weeks and 8.39% year to date.

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19 analysts rate Comcast Corporation a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 95% of all the analyst ratings.

By Journal Contributor