Investors are Watching These Stocks: PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE), McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD)

Research analysts covering PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE) are projecting that the shares reach $77.714 within the next 12-18 months.  This is the consensus number derived from the 21 analyst reports taken into consideration. The most bullish, or aggressive analyst target pins the projected price at $100, while the most bearish, or conservative analyst sees the stock reaching $46.

Broker Rating Update on PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE)

Zacks provides analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. Shares of PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE) currently have an ABR of 1.76. 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 $0 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, PDC Energy, Inc. reported EPS of $-0.06 for a surprise factor of -100%, calculated by being $-0.03 away from analyst projections.

Investors will be marking their calendars for 2017-08-08, when the company is planning to release their quarterly results.

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) shares are trading +0.3854% thus far today and have traded in the range of 153.7700 – 154.7600 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 $157.8400 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 $1.7300 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $6.4000 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 +4.0385% away from its 50 day moving average of $148.5540. Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -0.4680% off of its 52-week high of $155.2800 and +40.0827% away from its 52-week low which is $110.3300. In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 27.2821. 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 24.1490. In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is 22.5625.

Today, the stock opened at $154.0000 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $154.5533. During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $153.7700 and touched $154.7600 as the high point. McDonald’s Corporation has a market cap of 125.97B and has seen an average daily volume of 3658800 over the past three months.

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