Earnings Update for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL)

Using projections from 13 individual sell-side analysts polled by Zacks Research, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) has a current quarter EPS consensus estimate of 1.14. Going back to the previous reporting period, the company posted a quarterly EPS of 1.53. As earnings season comes into focus, investors will be closely monitoring analyst estimates leading up to the report. Sell-side analysts often provide updates prior to and after the company reports. Following analyst revisions leading up to the earnings release may provide some good insight into the direction that the most recent estimates are trending. Investors will be watching to see which companies post the largest earnings beats or misses. Even if a company reports a large earnings beat or miss, there is still no guarantee that the stock will move as expected following the results. Many investors will choose to sit tight until after the post earnings volatility has subsided.

Successful stock market traders and investors don’t usually just become that way overnight. There are often many years of experience behind those winning trades. The amount of data available to investors these days is staggering. Investors have to be able to focus on the provided information and decide which data should be followed and prioritized. Many investors will be keeping a watchful eye on the next round of company earnings reports. As companies start to report quarterly numbers, investors may be able to sift through the data and make some projections on how the stock will perform over the next few quarters.

Equity analysts will routinely provide stock price target projections. Many investors are highly interested in where the analysts view the stock heading in the future. Presently, analysts polled by Zacks Research have set a consensus target price of $138.38 on shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL). Price target estimates can be calculated using different methods, and they may vary depending on the individual analyst. A thoroughly researched analyst report will typically provide detailed reasoning for a specific target price estimate. Some investors may track analyst targets very closely and use the data to complement their own stock analysis.

Watching stock price activity for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL), we have spotted shares trading close to the 120.83 level. Investors will often monitor stock price levels relative to its 52-week high and low marks. The 52-week high is currently 132.14, and the 52-week low is presently 89.48. When a stock price is nearing the 52-week high or 52-week low, investors may closely follow activity to watch for a breach. Over the past 12 weeks, shares have moved 7.37%. Moving back to the start of the year, we can see that shares have changed 23.56%. Zooming in to the past 4 weeks, shares have seen a change of 11.56%. Over the last week, the stock has moved 2.54%.

Focusing in on analyst opinions, we note that the current average broker recommendation on shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) is presently 1.46. 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. Based on sell-side analysts polled by Zacks Research, 10 have rated the stock a Strong Buy or Buy.

Investors often conduct stock analysis to help figure out which ones are a good buy, and at what price should they get in. The two main types of stock research used by investors are fundamental and technical analysis. Some investors will only study the fundamentals while others will only follow the technicals. Many will choose to combine the two methods in order to get a more well-rounded view of the stock. Fundamental analysis entails following company data. This may include studying the balance sheet, profit and loss statements, and the overall competency of company management. Fundamental analysts often use financial ratios to help understand company information. Technical analysts often study charts in order to define trends. This research is typically not concerned with how the underlying financials of the company look, but how the stock has been trading.

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