Sell-side Consensus on: Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE:SLB), Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK)

For the current quarter, analysts are expecting Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE:SLB) to report EPS of $0.3. This consensus estimate is provided by Zacks Research. After the period that ended on 2017-03-31, Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE:SLB) reported an EPS actual of $0.25. The difference between the actual and estimate resulted in a surprise factor of 0%. The company is expected to release their next earnings report on or around 2017-07-21. Interested parties will be watching to see how company results compare to what the Street was projecting for the fiscal period.

Shares of Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE:SLB) have a current ABR or average broker rating of 1.68. 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 Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE:SLB) is $91.75. The top analyst target is $110, and the lowest target is $77 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.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 1.48. 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 Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK). The highest current target is $93. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $56. The consensus target price is currently noted at $73.809. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $-0.75. 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 2017-05-25. Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $-0.42 for the quarter ending 2017-01-31. The gap between the actual and the projected estimate leading up to earnings created a surprise factor of 26.32%.

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