Sell-side Recommending Actions on O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY), Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL)

Research analysts covering O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY) are projecting that the shares reach $303.714 within the next 12-18 months.  This is the consensus number derived from the 14 analyst reports taken into consideration. The most bullish, or aggressive analyst target pins the projected price at $325, while the most bearish, or conservative analyst sees the stock reaching $272.

Broker Rating Update on O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY)

Zacks provides analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. Shares of O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY) currently have an ABR of 1.69. This is based on a simplified 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.  Moving to earnings estimates, for this current fiscal period, Wall Street analysts have projected that the company will post $3.17 earnings per share. This is the current Zacks consensus EPS which was calculated at the time of writing. Analysts will likely revise their estimates leading in to the actual results date.  

taking a look at the most recent period, which closed on 2017-03-31, O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. reported EPS of $2.6 for a surprise factor of -9.72%, calculated by being $-0.28 away from analyst projections.

Investors will be marking their calendars for 2017-07-26, when the company is planning to release their quarterly results.

Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 1.84. 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 Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL). The highest current target is $53. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $36. The consensus target price is currently noted at $45.684. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $-0.13. 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 2017-05-01. Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $0.26 for the quarter ending 2016-12-31. The gap between the actual and the projected estimate leading up to earnings created a surprise factor of 388.89%.

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