Stock Watch: Following the Consensus Target Price for Nomad Foods Limited (:NOMD)

After a recent review, we have noted that shares of Nomad Foods Limited (:NOMD) have an average target price of $25. This is the consensus target price provided by analysts used by Zacks Research. Professional sell-side analysts that cover the stock are usually diligently monitoring the company to gauge future stock price movements. Price target projections can be calculated using alternate methods, and they can differ from one analyst to another. Many investors will track stock target prices, especially when analysts update their projections. 

A highly common way to study stocks is through fundamental analysis. Investors examining the fundamentals may be analyzing the underlying factors that can affect the performance of a particular company. When focusing in on a specific company, investors will look at company management, financial information, business prospects, and industry competition. The goal of digging into the numbers is often times a way to calculate the current value of a company and try to gauge the value into the future. Zooming in on the vital statistics of a company can help provide a glimpse of the company’s overall health. 

Taking a look at the current consensus broker rating for Nomad Foods Limited (:NOMD), we note that the ABR is 1. This Zacks consensus rating follows a numerical scale where a number in the 1-2 range generally represents a Buy, a 3 would indicate a Hold and 4-5 signals a Sell rating. In terms of the number of bullish analysts that have the stock rated a Buy or Strong Buy, we can see that the number is currently 5.

Investors may be following some historical price data on shares of Nomad Foods Limited (:NOMD). Over the past 12 weeks, the stock has seen a change of 16.03%. If we go back to the beginning of the year, we can see that shares have changed 23.8%. Over the last 4 weeks, shares have seen a change of -3.36%. Over the last 5 trading sessions, the stock has moved 1.27%. Investors will be monitoring stock activity over the next few weeks to try and gauge which way the momentum is leaning. Checking on some possible support and resistance levels, we have noted that that the 52-week high is currently $21.55, and the 52-week low is currently $15.44. When shares are trading close to the 52-week high or 52-week low, investors might be paying added attention. Looking at some recent action, we note that the stock has been seen trading near the $20.7 mark.

We can now shift the focus to some company earnings data. Based on projections provided by 5 individual Wall Street analysts polled by Zacks Research, Nomad Foods Limited (:NOMD) has a current quarter EPS consensus estimate of 0.33. For the prior reporting period, the company posted quarterly earnings per share of 0.33. As earnings season continues, investors will be closely tracking analyst estimates. Sell-side analysts often make updates before and after the company reports earnings numbers. Following analyst estimate updates leading up to the earnings release may offer some good insight into the direction that the estimates are trending. Investors will be watching to see which companies post the largest earnings surprises this quarter.

Investors may be combing through all the latest earnings reports and trying to make sense of all the numbers. With lots of information readily available, investors may be searching for that next batch of stocks to add to the portfolio. Finding high quality stocks may be at the top of the investor’s checklist. Once high quality stocks are spotted, the investor may be then looking for bargains among those stocks. Many investors will look for stocks that have displayed consistent earnings growth over an extended period of time. When a company drastically over performs for a quarter, investors may be quick to investigate. The same things may be done if a company severely underperforms compared to projections. 

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