Analyst Consensus Predictions for Whitewave Foods Company (The) (NYSE:WWAV), Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT)

Whitewave Foods Company (The) (NYSE:WWAV) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 2.89. This recommendation is offered by Zacks Research. The rating lands on a sliding numerical scale from 1 to 5. A recommendation of 5 would indicate a Strong Sell, and a 1 would signify a Strong Buy. The mean rating may help provide a general sense of analyst sentiment on company shares.

Sell-side analysts taken into consideration by Zacks have also provided price target estimates on shares of Whitewave Foods Company (The) (NYSE:WWAV). The highest current target is $56.25. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $42. The consensus target price is currently noted at $54.714. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, Whitewave Foods Company (The) (NYSE:WWAV) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $0.33. This is the current consensus figure provided by Zacks. Investors and analysts will be looking for the company to next post earnings on or around 2017-05-09. Whitewave Foods Company (The) (NYSE:WWAV) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $0.38 for the quarter ending 2016-12-31. The gap between the actual and the projected estimate leading up to earnings created a surprise factor of -9.52%.

For the current quarter, analysts are expecting Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT) to report EPS of $0.53. This consensus estimate is provided by Zacks Research. After the period that ended on 2016-12-31, Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT) reported an EPS actual of $0.83. The difference between the actual and estimate resulted in a surprise factor of 27.69%. The company is expected to release their next earnings report on or around 2017-04-28. Interested parties will be watching to see how company results compare to what the Street was projecting for the fiscal period.

Shares of Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT) have a current ABR or average broker rating of 2.5. This consensus recommendation is also provided by Zacks Research. The recommendation falls on a scale between 1 and 5. A broker rating of 1 would translate into a Strong Buy. A rating of 5 would indicate a Strong Sell recommendation. This consensus broker rating may help shed some light on how the sell-side is currently viewing company stock.

Covering analysts often provide target price projections for company shares. The current Zacks consensus target price on shares of Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE:CAT) is $93.333. The top analyst target is $110, and the lowest target is $60 on the stock. Because of the different techniques used to gauge a company target price, estimates may be quite different from one analyst to another.

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