Analysts are Saying Buy These Stocks: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC)

For the current quarter, analysts are expecting Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) to report EPS of $1.07. This consensus estimate is provided by Zacks Research. After the period that ended on 2016-12-31, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) reported an EPS actual of $1.33. The difference between the actual and estimate resulted in a surprise factor of 15.65%. The company is expected to release their next earnings report on or around 2017-04-27. Interested parties will be watching to see how company results compare to what the Street was projecting for the fiscal period.

Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) have a current ABR or average broker rating of 2.12. 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 Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) is $105. The top analyst target is $120, and the lowest target is $84 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.

According to data provided by Zacks Research, Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC) has a consensus target price of $44.428 on the stock. Out of the polled analysts providing targets, the high is currently $62, while the low is resting at $32. Analyst price targets may vary depending on the individual method used to calculate the estimate.
Turning to earnings, analysts are expecting Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC) to post a current quarter EPS of $0.13. This consensus number is compiled by Zacks Research. For the period ending on 2017-03-31, the company reported EPS for the quarter of $0.69. The resulting surprise factor from the difference between the reported number and the consensus estimate going into earnings was 283.33%. After a company reports earnings, the stock may see increased activity. The next earnings report date is scheduled on or near 2017-07-25.
In terms of analyst ratings, Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC) has a current ABR of 1.89. This average broker recommendation is given by Zacks using a scale from 1 to 5. According to this scale, a rating of 1 or 2 would indicate a Buy, and a rating of 4 or 5 would signify a Sell recommendation. A 3 would indicate a Hold on the stock.

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