The Direction Will These Stocks Go According to Analysts: Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU), Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK), Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM)

In the most recent session, Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) shares have traded +0.09%. Following the stock price relative to moving averages may offer enhanced perspective on stock performance. After a recent review, the stock has been noted $-4.46 away from the 50-day moving average of $176.98 and $-2.53 away from the 200-day moving average of $175.05. From a different angle, the stock has been recently recorded -14.17% off of the 52-week high of 201.00 and +11.10% removed from the 52-week low of 155.28. 

Currently, Baidu, Inc. has a price to earnings ratio of 37.29. Analysts and investors may also opt to evaluate a company's PEG or price to earnings growth ratio. The PEG ratio represents the ratio of the price to earnings to the anticipated future growth rate of the company. If a company has a PEG Ratio below one, it may be viewed as undervalued. If a company has a PEG Ratio above one, it may show that the company is overvalued. A PEG Ratio near one may be viewed as fair value. The stock currently has a PEG Ratio of 72.81.

Price Target Update

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have set a consensus target price of $195.61 on shares. Target prices may vary from one analyst to another due to the various ways they may proceed to calculate future price targets. This is a near-term estimation for the next 12-18 months.

Wall Street sell-side research analysts covering Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) shares have recently provided various price target projections on where the stock might be going. According to them, the stock is expected to reach $5.608 on a consensus level within the next year, according to Zacks. The most bullish estimate sees the stock reaching $7.5 while the most conservative estimate stand at $4.5.

Zacks also gives an average broker rating based on the sell-side recommendations from the analysts who cover Nokia Corporation. They give the company shares an ABR of 2.45. This is based on the 6 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks.

Earnings Estimates for Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK)

Currently, Wall Street is projecting that the firm will post $0.04 earnings per share. This consensus number is also derived from Zacks. For the most recent period which ended on 2016-12-31, Nokia Corporation's EPS was reported as $0.13. This created a “surprise factor” 62.5% due to being $0.05 apart from what Wall Street predicted. When actual numbers differ greatly from the consensus expectations, sharp movement in the stock price can often be seen in the hours or days following the report.

Investors will mark their calendars for 2017-05-09, the date when Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) are expected to release their quarterly results.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) shares are trading +0.09% thus far today and have traded in the range of 44.72 – 45.16 during the current session. In order to take a look at where the stock might headed longer term, we can also look at different sets of data. Sell-side research firms currently have a consensus one year price target of $46.58 on the stock according to First Call. This number can often vary from the Zacks or FactSet mean targets. The sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $0.58 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $2.04 per share according to First Call.

Stock Technicals in Focus

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading -0.22% away from its 50 day moving average of $45.06. Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -2.73% off of its 52-week high of $46.22 and +34.67% away from its 52-week low which is $33.38. In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 26.05. This is a crucial indicator investors watch as higher ratios compared to peers, would suggest higher future earnings growth potential for the stock. The price to current year EPS estimates from research analysts currently stands at 22.04. In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is 19.46.

Today, the stock opened at $45.08 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $44.96. During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $44.72 and touched $45.16 as the high point. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. has a market cap of 12.71B and has seen an average daily volume of 2041340 over the past three months.

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