Wall Street Consensus Watch on Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE)

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 1.3. This number is based on the 20 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 76.   

Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $162.9 within the year.  The ABR is provided by Zacks which simplfies analyst ratings into an integer based number. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating. 

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Research analysts are predicting that Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) will report earnings of $1.15 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.

Most recently Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) posted quarterly earnings of $1.1 which compared to the sell-side estimates of 1. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $3.96. Shares have moved $-1.66 over the past month and more recently, $3.85 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 13 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) closed the last session at $153.65 and sees an average of 3116281.25 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $99.51 while the current level stands at 94.39% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved 3.18% over the past 12 weeks and 49.25% year to date.

Buy Ratings
17 analysts rate Adobe Systems Incorporated a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 85% of all the analyst ratings.

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By Journal Contributor