Analysts Take on Earnings: Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN), The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO)

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN) shares have a current ABR (average broker recommendation) of 1.59. 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 Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN). The highest current target is $107.25. The lowest price target out of the polled analysts is presently $77. The consensus target price is currently noted at $92.902. Analysts may employ various techniques to help predict future stock price levels.

On the earnings front, Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN) is expected to post quarterly earnings per share of $0.87. 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 2017-08-03. Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN) most recently reported quarterly EPS of $0.81 for the quarter ending 2017-03-31. The gap between the actual and the projected estimate leading up to earnings created a surprise factor of 8%.

According to data provided by Zacks Research, The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) has a consensus target price of $45.444 on the stock. Out of the polled analysts providing targets, the high is currently $50, while the low is resting at $42. Analyst price targets may vary depending on the individual method used to calculate the estimate.
Turning to earnings, analysts are expecting The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) to post a current quarter EPS of $0.58. This consensus number is compiled by Zacks Research. For the period ending on 2017-03-31, the company reported EPS for the quarter of $0.43. The resulting surprise factor from the difference between the reported number and the consensus estimate going into earnings was -2.27%. After a company reports earnings, the stock may see increased activity. The next earnings report date is scheduled on or near 2017-07-26.
In terms of analyst ratings, The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) has a current ABR of 2.69. 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.

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