Stock Price Targets in Spotlight: athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHN), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE)

According to data provided by Zacks Research, athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHN) has a consensus target price of $129.578 on the stock. Out of the polled analysts providing targets, the high is currently $160, while the low is resting at $95. Analyst price targets may vary depending on the individual method used to calculate the estimate.
Turning to earnings, analysts are expecting athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHN) to post a current quarter EPS of $0.11. This consensus number is compiled by Zacks Research. For the period ending on 2016-12-31, the company reported EPS for the quarter of $0.42. The resulting surprise factor from the difference between the reported number and the consensus estimate going into earnings was 55.56%. After a company reports earnings, the stock may see increased activity. The next earnings report date is scheduled on or near 2017-04-27.
In terms of analyst ratings, athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHN) has a current ABR of 2.19. 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.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 2.61. 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 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE). The highest current target is $29. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $18. The consensus target price is currently noted at $21.733. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $0.35. 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 2017-05-23. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $0.45 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 2.27%.

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