Buy, Sell or Hold? Analysts Weigh in on The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ:ABCO), Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX)

The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ:ABCO) shares are trading -1.2128% thus far today and have traded in the range of 50.1000 – 50.9250 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 $47.5400 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 $0.4500 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $1.9100 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 +7.4174% away from its 50 day moving average of $46.7186. Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -2.8855% off of its 52-week high of $51.6750 and +101.9473% away from its 52-week low which is $24.8500. In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 22.5040. 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 26.2743. In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is 23.5605.

Today, the stock opened at $50.8500 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $50.1839. During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $50.1000 and touched $50.9250 as the high point. The Advisory Board Company has a market cap of 2.02B and has seen an average daily volume of 607698 over the past three months.

For the current quarter, analysts are expecting Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) to report EPS of $-0.3. This consensus estimate is provided by Zacks Research. After the period that ended on 2017-01-31, Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) reported an EPS actual of $-0.28. The difference between the actual and estimate resulted in a surprise factor of 6.67%. The company is expected to release their next earnings report on or around 2017-06-07. Interested parties will be watching to see how company results compare to what the Street was projecting for the fiscal period.

Shares of Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) have a current ABR or average broker rating of 2. 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 Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) is $19.875. The top analyst target is $26, and the lowest target is $15 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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