Analyst’s Keeping an Eye on Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE)

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Analysts are weighing in on how Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a much favorable assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 1.8. The stock is rated as buy by 14 analysts, with 6 outperform and 1 hold rating. The rating score is on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell.

For the current quarter, the 21.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $0.02 a share, which would compare with $0.04 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $0.06 and a low estimate of $-0.04. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $45.56M from $39.24M the year-ago period.

For the full year, 21.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 0.10 per share, with a high estimate of $0.23 and a low estimate of $-0.40. It had reported earnings per share of $0.14 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $190.36M versus 137.51M in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around 97.39% percent over the next five years as compared to an average growth rate of 8.52% percent expected for its competitors in the same industry.

Among the 20 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for CPE is $13.91 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $18.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 52 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $11.87. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $10.00 price targets on shares of Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE).

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $0.04 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $0.00. In the matter of earnings surprises, the term Cockroach Effect is often implied. Cockroach Effect is a market theory that suggests that when a company reveals bad news to the public, there may be many more related negative events that have yet to be revealed. In the case of earnings surprises, if a company is suggesting a negative earnings surprise it means there are more to come.

Callon Petroleum Company, an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2015, the company estimated net proved reserves totaled 54.3 million barrel of oil equivalent. Callon Petroleum Company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Natchez, Mississippi.

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