Analyst’s Take on These Shares: American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN), Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA)

Research analysts covering American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) are projecting that the shares reach $77.133 within the next 12-18 months.  This is the consensus number derived from the 15 analyst reports taken into consideration. The most bullish, or aggressive analyst target pins the projected price at $97, while the most bearish, or conservative analyst sees the stock reaching $56.

Broker Rating Update on American Express Company (NYSE:AXP)

Zacks provides analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. Shares of American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) currently have an ABR of 2.76. 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 $1.27 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 2016-12-31, American Express Company reported EPS of $0.91 for a surprise factor of -7.14%, calculated by being $-0.07 away from analyst projections.

Investors will be marking their calendars for 2017-04-19, when the company is planning to release their quarterly results.

During the most recent trading session, Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) shares traded +0.99%. Tracking the stock price in relation to moving averages may provide enhanced perspective on stock performance. After a recent look, the stock has been seen trading $0.07 off of the 50-day moving average of $8.10 and $-2.52 separated from the 200-day moving average of $10.69. Taking a further look from a different perspective, the stock has been recently recorded -47.59% off of the 52-week high of 15.59 and +13.47% apart from the 52-week low of 7.20. Monitoring stock price activity relative to moving averages and the highs and lows for the past year might help with future stock price value assessment. 

Price Target in Focus

While monitoring stock technicals is important, most investors are more concerned with where the stock might be going now.  Equity research analysts have provided views on where they believe the stock will be trading in the future. According to Thomson Reuters, sell-side analysts are projecting a consensus target price of $11.39 on company shares. This is a near-term estimate for the next 12-18 months.

Currently, Southwestern Energy Company has a price to earnings ratio of N/A. Analysts and investors may also opt to evaluate a company's PEG or price to earnings growth ratio. The stock currently has a PEG Ratio of 0.27.

Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 3.38. 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 Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA). The highest current target is $375. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $155. The consensus target price is currently noted at $239.833. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $-0.67. 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 2017-05-03. Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $-1.25 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 -5.04%.

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