Do Analysts See Any Promise for These Stocks: SM Energy Company (NYSE:SM), Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ:PNRA)

SM Energy Company (NYSE:SM) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 1.79. 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 SM Energy Company (NYSE:SM). The highest current target is $52. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $25. The consensus target price is currently noted at $39.466. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, SM Energy Company (NYSE:SM) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $-0.28. 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 2017-08-01. SM Energy Company (NYSE:SM) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $0.18 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 150%.

For the current quarter, analysts are expecting Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ:PNRA) to report EPS of $1.86. This consensus estimate is provided by Zacks Research. After the period that ended on 2017-03-31, Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ:PNRA) reported an EPS actual of $1.83. The difference between the actual and estimate resulted in a surprise factor of -0.54%. The company is expected to release their next earnings report on or around 2017-07-25. Interested parties will be watching to see how company results compare to what the Street was projecting for the fiscal period.

Shares of Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ:PNRA) have a current ABR or average broker rating of 2.68. 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 Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ:PNRA) is $296.714. The top analyst target is $315, and the lowest target is $210 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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