Consensus Price Target Updates for BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT), Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

According to data provided by Zacks Research, BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) has a consensus target price of $46.647 on the stock. Out of the polled analysts providing targets, the high is currently $53.5, while the low is resting at $36. Analyst price targets may vary depending on the individual method used to calculate the estimate.
Turning to earnings, analysts are expecting BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) to post a current quarter EPS of $0.77. This consensus number is compiled by Zacks Research. For the period ending on 2017-03-31, the company reported EPS for the quarter of $0.74. The resulting surprise factor from the difference between the reported number and the consensus estimate going into earnings was 1.37%. After a company reports earnings, the stock may see increased activity. The next earnings report date is scheduled on or near 2017-07-20.
In terms of analyst ratings, BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) has a current ABR of 2.53. 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.

The Wall Street analysts who cover Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG) shares are providing price target projections on the company. They project that the shares will move to $124.947 within the upcoming year. The number they've arrived at is calculated by, long known as a provider of top-notch investment research. From the analysts polled by Zack's Research, the highest estimate stands at $154 and the lowest is at $100 for the stock. This number may be different from what First Call has published for the consensus target estimate. Analysts that routinely cover the company may use varying techniques in order to create a future target price. Because of the different methods that analysts can use, targets may differ greatly between analysts.

Analyst Ratings In View

Zacks provides the average brokerage recommendation (ABR) for thousands of stocks for institutions and retail investors alike. This the calculated average of the actual recommendations (strong buy, hold, sell etc.) made for a given stock. The ABR is typically displayed with decimals (e.g. 1.52) versus the Zacks Rank, which is only shown in whole numbers (e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc.). This simplifies brokerage recommendations, which can become complicated. Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG)'s shares currently have an ABR of 1.5. A 1 rating would point to a Strong Buy, and a score of 5 would signify a Strong Sell rating. The average broker rating assists investors by providing them with a general feel for analyst sentiment on company shares.  The success of analyst predictions can be tracked for institutional investors through First Call.  Retail investors can use tools such as TipRanks or Marketbeat in order to track analyst performance. 

During this fiscal period, Street analysts are projecting $0.76 earnings/share. This represents the current Zacks consensus EPS. For the period which closed on 2017-03-31, Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG) dialed in an EPS of $1.04, creating a Surprise Factor of 70.49% (the difference between analyst projections and actual numbers). Curious investors will be awaiting 2017-08-01, the date when Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG) will release their quarterly results.  A surprise factor in either direction may result in significant stock movement immediately and in the days following the release.  Firms that consistently miss expectations can experience a downtrend over time.  Whereas stocks that consistently outperform analyst expectations, can often see positive stock movement. 

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 1.54. 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 Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The highest current target is $82. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $45. The consensus target price is currently noted at $69.636. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $0.7. 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 2017-07-18. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $0.73 for the quarter ending 2017-03-31. The gap between the actual and the projected estimate leading up to earnings created a surprise factor of 5.8%.

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