Trending Stock Analyst Review: LifePoint Health Inc (NASDAQ:LPNT)

The shares of LifePoint Health Inc (NASDAQ:LPNT) currently has mean rating of 2.50 while 4 analysts have recommended the shares as “BUY”, 4 recommended as “OUTPERFORM” and 13 recommended as “HOLD”. The rating score is on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell.

The company’s mean estimate for sales for the current quarter ending Jun-16 is 1.61 billion by 18 analysts. The means estimate of sales for the year ending Dec-16 is 6.49 billion by 19 analysts.

The mean price target for the shares of LifePoint Health Inc (NASDAQ:LPNT) is at 77.61 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is 94.00 and low price target is 61.50. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 19 brokerage firms.

The average estimate of EPS for the current fiscal quarter for LifePoint Health Inc (NASDAQ:LPNT) stands at 0.91 while the EPS for the current year is fixed at 3.75 by 22 analysts.

The next one year’s EPS estimate is set at 4.35 by 21 analysts while a year ago the analysts suggested the company’s EPS at 3.75. The analysts also projected the company’s long-term growth at 7.38% for the upcoming five years.

In its latest quarter ended on 31st March 2016, LifePoint Health Inc (NASDAQ:LPNT) reported earnings of $0.87. The posted earnings missed the analyst’s consensus by -$0.01 with the surprise factor of -1.10%. 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.

LifePoint Health, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in the United States. Its hospitals offer a range of medical and surgical services, such as general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, rehabilitation, and pediatric services, as well as specialized services, including open-heart surgery, skilled nursing, psychiatric care, and neuro-surgery. The company’s hospitals also provide various outpatient services comprising same-day surgery, laboratory, X-ray, respiratory therapy, imaging, sports medicine, and lithotripsy. In addition, it owns and operates schools of nursing and other allied health professions. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 67 hospitals campuses in 21 states. The company was formerly known as LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. and changed its name to LifePoint Health, Inc. in May 2015. LifePoint Health, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Stock in Limelight: Enova International Inc (NYSE:ENVA)

The shares of Enova International Inc (NYSE:ENVA) currently has mean rating of 2.60 while Zero analysts have recommended the shares as “BUY”, 2 recommended as “OUTPERFORM” and 3 recommended as “HOLD”. The rating score is on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell.

The company’s mean estimate for sales for the current quarter ending June-16 is 166.38 million by 5 analysts. The means estimate of sales for the year ending Dec-16 is 709.50 million by 5 analysts.

The mean price target for the shares of Enova International Inc (NYSE:ENVA) is at 8.85 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is 10.00 and low price target is 8.00. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 5 brokerage firms.

The average estimate of EPS for the current fiscal quarter for Enova International Inc (NYSE:ENVA) stands at 0.23 while the EPS for the current year is fixed at 0.93 by 3 analysts.

The next one year’s EPS estimate is set at 1.07 by 4 analysts while a year ago the analysts suggested the company’s EPS at 0.93.

In its latest quarter ended on 31st March 2016, Enova International Inc (NYSE:ENVA) reported earnings of $0.30. The posted earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.09 with the surprise factor of 42.90%. 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.

On June 20, 2016 Enova International Inc (ENVA) announced that Steve Cunningham is joining the leading financial technology company as Chief Financial Officer. A veteran financial services executive, Cunningham joins Enova from Discover Financial Services, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Discover’s $8.7 billion direct banking and payment services business. Cunningham brings with him an extensive background in corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, investor relations, capital markets and risk management, along with a shared vision for providing direct lending and financing solutions for consumers and small businesses.

“It is great to have Steve joining Enova at this exciting time as we focus our efforts on growth in our key new initiatives and continue to deliver great results in our proven businesses,” said David Fisher, Enova’s Chief Executive Officer. “Steve’s experience will be essential as we continue to grow.”

“I was attracted to Enova’s entrepreneurial culture,” said Cunningham, “and I am impressed by Enova’s strategy and the clear vision to serve customers and close the world’s credit gap. This is a talented, results-oriented company, and I’m thrilled to be joining the team.”

Cunningham, whose role is effective immediately, will report to Enova CEO David Fisher and will lead all of the company’s financial operations. He will succeed Rob Clifton, who has served as Enova’s CFO since its spin-off from Cash America. Clifton will remain at Enova as Chief Accounting Officer, where his deep knowledge and experience in consumer lending operations will be vital as Enova grows its product and service offerings.

Most recently as Discover’s Chief Risk Officer, Cunningham built the company’s risk organization and was responsible for enterprise risk management, compliance, oversight of credit, and operational, market and liquidity risk, as well as Discover’s capital planning program.

He joined Discover as its Corporate Treasurer in 2010, where he was responsible for developing and executing the company’s liquidity, market risk and capital management strategies. Prior to Discover, Cunningham was the CFO of Harley-Davidson Financial Services, a $7 billion receivables business, and spent eight years at Capital One Financial in various corporate and line of business finance leadership positions, including CFO for the Auto Finance segment, a $20 billion receivables business, and CFO for the company’s banking segment. Cunningham also has experience as a bank regulator with the FDIC, giving him insights into the highly regulated environment in which Enova operates.

Allstate Corp (NYSE:ALL) Stock Price Will Hit 73.21:Analyst

Analysts are weighing in on how Allstate Corp (NYSE:ALL), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a much less favorable assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.2. The stock is rated as buy by 9 analysts, with 7 outperform and 8 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 18.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $0.57 a share, which would compare with $0.63 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $1.16 and a low estimate of $0.10. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $8.14B from $7.88B the year-ago period.

For the full year, 20.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 4.34 per share, with a high estimate of $5.20 and a low estimate of $3.85. It had reported earnings per share of $5.19 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $31.88B versus 30.87B in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around 11.11% percent over the next five years as compared to an average growth rate of 9.30% percent expected for its competitors in the same industry.

Among the 19 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for ALL is $73.21 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $80.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 18 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $67.86. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $64.00 price targets on shares of Allstate Corp (NYSE:ALL).

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $0.63 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $0.97. It was an earnings surprise of -35.10%percent. 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.

The Allstate Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in property-liability insurance and life insurance business in the United States and Canada. The companys Allstate Protection segment sells private passenger auto, homeowners, and other property-liability insurance products under the Allstate, Esurance, and Encompass brand names. It also offers specialty auto products including motorcycle, trailer, motor home, and off-road vehicle insurance policies; other personal lines products including renter, condominium, landlord, boat, umbrella, and manufactured home insurance policies; commercial lines products for small business owners; roadside assistance products; service contracts; and other products sold in conjunction with auto lending and vehicle sales transactions. In addition, this segment sells its products through contact centers and Internet. The companys Allstate Financial segment provides traditional, interest-sensitive, and variable life insurance; and voluntary accident and health insurance products; deferred and immediate fixed annuities; and funding agreements backing medium-term notes; and retirement and investment products, including mutual funds, fixed and variable annuities, disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. This segment markets its products through its agencies and financial specialists, and workplace enrolling independent agents. The Allstate Corporation was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois.

Analyst Activity: Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF)

Analysts are weighing in on how Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a much less favorable assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.4. The stock is rated as buy by 8 analysts, with 6 outperform and 11 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 25.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $1.89 a share, which would compare with $1.50 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $2.00 and a low estimate of $1.78. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $6.28B from $5.67B the year-ago period.

For the full year, 27.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 7.54 per share, with a high estimate of $7.80 and a low estimate of $7.15. It had reported earnings per share of $7.07 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $25.48B versus 23.41B in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around 5.13% percent over the next five years as compared to an average growth rate of 10.88% percent expected for its competitors in the same industry.

Among the 23 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for COF is $81.28 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $108.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 65 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $65.60. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $59.00 price targets on shares of Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF).

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $1.50 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $1.97. It was an earnings surprise of -23.90%percent. 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.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It operates through three segments: Credit Card, Consumer Banking, and Commercial Banking. The company offers various non-interest bearing and interest-bearing deposits, such as demand deposits, money market deposits, time deposits, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, and savings accounts. It also provides credit card loans and installment loans; auto, home, and retail banking loans; and commercial and multifamily real estate, commercial and industrial, and small-ticket commercial real estate loans. In addition, the company offers credit and debit card products; online direct banking services; and treasury management and depository services. It serves consumers, small businesses, and commercial clients through the Internet and other distribution channels, as well as through branches located in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) operates independently of Signet Banking Corp. as of February 28, 1995.

Analyst Activity: First Horizon National Corp (NYSE:FHN)

Analysts are weighing in on how First Horizon National Corp (NYSE:FHN), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a much less favorable assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.8. The stock is rated as buy by 5 analysts, with 0 outperform and 11 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 17.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $0.23 a share, which would compare with $0.22 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $0.24 and a low estimate of $0.21. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $313.36M from $296.94M the year-ago period.

For the full year, 18.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 0.92 per share, with a high estimate of $0.97 and a low estimate of $0.85. It had reported earnings per share of $0.81 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $1.26B versus 1.17B in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around 7.00% percent over the next five years as compared to an average growth rate of 8.20% percent expected for its competitors in the same industry.

Among the 15 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for FHN is $14.77 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $16.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 13 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $14.10. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $12.00 price targets on shares of First Horizon National Corp (NYSE:FHN).

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $0.22 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $0.20. It was an earnings surprise of 10.00%percent. 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.

First Horizon National Corporation operates as the bank holding company for First Tennessee Bank National Association that provides various financial services in the United States and internationally. The company offers general banking services for consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments. It also provides investments, financial planning, trust, asset management, credit card, and cash management services. In addition, the company is involved in fixed income securities sales, trading, and strategies for institutional clients; underwriting of bank-eligible securities and other fixed-income securities eligible for underwriting by financial subsidiaries; loan sales; derivative sales; and provision of portfolio advisory services. Further, it offers discount brokerage and full-service brokerage; correspondent banking services; transaction processing services comprising nationwide check clearing services and remittance processing; trust, fiduciary, and agency services; credit card products; equipment finance; and investment and financial advisory services. Additionally, the company engages in mutual fund and retail insurance sales, as well as provides mortgage banking services. As of December 31, 2015, it had 185 branch locations in 8 states, including 166 branches in Tennessee; 2 branches in northwestern Georgia; 6 branches in northwestern Mississippi; 7 branches in North Carolina; and 1 branch each in Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

Analyst Activity: HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE:HFC)

Analysts are weighing in on how HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE:HFC), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a much less favorable assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.9. The stock is rated as buy by 4 analysts, with 2 outperform and 10 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 17.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $0.58 a share, which would compare with $1.45 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $1.29 and a low estimate of $0.30. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $2.35B from $3.70B the year-ago period.

For the full year, 12.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 1.79 per share, with a high estimate of $2.85 and a low estimate of $0.76. It had reported earnings per share of $4.67 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $10.15B versus 13.24B in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around 10.55% 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 13 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for HFC is $36.46 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $55.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 122 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $24.80. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $24.00 price targets on shares of HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE:HFC).

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $1.45 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $1.30. It was an earnings surprise of 11.50%percent. 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.

HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Refining and HEP. It primarily produces high-value refined products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, liquid petroleum gas, fuel oil, and specialty and modified asphalt. The company offers its products to other refiners, convenience store chains, independent marketers, retailers, truck stop chains, wholesalers, railroads, governmental entities, paving contractors or manufacturers, and commercial and specialty markets, as well as for commercial airline use. It owns and operates five refineries with a combined crude oil processing capacity of approximately 443,000 barrels per day in El Dorado, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Artesia, New Mexico; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Woods Cross, Utah, as well as owns and operates asphalt terminals in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma; and vacuum distillation and other facilities in Lovington, New Mexico. HollyFrontier Corporations refineries serve markets in the Mid-Continent, Southwest, and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. The company was formerly known as Holly Corporation and changed its name to HollyFrontier Corporation as a result of its merger with Frontier Oil Corporation in July 2011. HollyFrontier Corporation was founded in 1947 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Analyst Activity: Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR)

Analysts are weighing in on how Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) , might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a much less favorable assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.7. The stock is rated as buy by 4 analysts, with 3 outperform and 23 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 27.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $0.47 a share, which would compare with $0.53 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $0.51 and a low estimate of $0.46. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $1.19B from $1.22B the year-ago period.

For the full year, 27.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 2.00 per share, with a high estimate of $2.21 and a low estimate of $1.85. It had reported earnings per share of $2.03 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $4.86B versus 4.86B in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around 12.98% percent over the next five years as compared to an average growth rate of 14.99% percent expected for its competitors in the same industry.

Among the 22 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for JNPR is $26.50 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $36.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 50 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $24.04. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $22.90 price targets on shares of Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) .

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $0.53 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $0.40. It was an earnings surprise of 32.50%percent. 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.

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells network products and services worldwide. It offers various routing products, including ACX series universal access routers to deploy new high-bandwidth services; MX series Ethernet routers that functions as a universal edge platform; M series edge routers; PTX series packet transport routers; T series routers; and NorthStar controllers. The company also provides various switching products comprising EX series Ethernet switches to address the access, aggregation, and core layer switching requirements of micro branch, branch office, and campus and data center environments; QFX series of core, spine, and top-of-rack data center switches; and OCX1100, an open networking switch. In addition, it offers security products, such as SRX series services gateways for the data centers; Branch SRX family that includes SRX300 Series and SRX1500, which provides integrated firewall capabilities; vSRX Virtual Firewall that delivers various features of physical firewalls; Spotlight Secure Threat Intelligence Platform, a threat intelligence platform that aggregates threat feeds from various sources; and Sky Advanced Threat Prevention, a cloud-based service for static and dynamic analysis. Further, the company offers Junos OS, a network operating system; Junos Space, a network management platform for creating network management applications that include network director, services activation director, security director, edge services director, service now, and service insight; and Contrail networking and cloud platform solutions. Additionally, it provides technical support and professional services, as well as education and training programs. The company sells its products through direct sales, distributors, value-added resellers, and original equipment manufacturer partners to end-users in the service provider and enterprise markets. Juniper Networks, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Analyst Activity: Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS)

Analysts are weighing in on how Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a much less favorable assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.5. The stock is rated as buy by 6 analysts, with 2 outperform and 11 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 16.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $0.57 a share, which would compare with $0.60 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $0.59 and a low estimate of $0.50. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $2.78B from $2.92B the year-ago period.

For the full year, 18.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 2.31 per share, with a high estimate of $2.52 and a low estimate of $1.89. It had reported earnings per share of $2.55 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $11.43B versus 11.69B in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around -3.69% percent over the next five years as compared to an average growth rate of 16.50% percent expected for its competitors in the same industry.

Among the 16 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for LVS is $52.50 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $62.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 34 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $46.16. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $42.00 price targets on shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS).

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $0.60 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $0.61. It was an earnings surprise of -1.60%percent. 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.

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. It owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macao, the Peoples Republic of China; and iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The company also owns and operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, and Five-Diamond luxury resorts on the Las Vegas Strip; Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Its integrated resorts include accommodations, gaming, entertainment and retail, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and other amenities. Las Vegas Sands Corp. was founded in 1988 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Analyst Activity: St. Jude Medical Incorporated (NYSE:STJ)

Analysts are weighing in on how St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a much less favorable assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.8. The stock is rated as buy by 1 analysts, with 2 outperform and 20 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 22.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $1.06 a share, which would compare with $1.03 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $1.07 and a low estimate of $1.03. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $1.55B from $1.41B the year-ago period.

For the full year, 24.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 4.06 per share, with a high estimate of $4.11 and a low estimate of $4.00. It had reported earnings per share of $3.94 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $6.04B versus 5.54B in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around 10.61% percent over the next five years as compared to an average growth rate of 12.91% 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 STJ is $72.67 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $89.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 13 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $78.49. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $60.00 price targets on shares of St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ).

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $1.03 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $1.00. It was an earnings surprise of 3.00%percent. 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.

St. Jude Medical, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and distributes cardiovascular medical devices for cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, and atrial fibrillation therapy areas worldwide. It operates in two divisions, Implantable Electronic Systems, and Cardiovascular and Ablation Technologies. The company offers tachycardia implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator devices to treat patients with tachycardia. It also provides atrial fibrillation products comprising electrophysiology, introducers and catheters, advanced cardiac mapping, navigation and recording systems, and ablation systems; and pacemakers, which deliver low-voltage electrical impulses to stimulate a heartbeat for patients whose hearts beat too slowly. In addition, the company offers vascular closure devices, compression assist devices, pressure measurement guidewires, diagnostic coronary imaging technology, percutaneous catheter introducers, diagnostic guidewires, heart failure monitoring devices, renal denervation technology and vascular plugs, optical coherence tomography imaging products, and other vascular accessories, as well as CardioMEMS, a heart failure monitoring device. Further, it provides structural heart products, including heart valve replacement and repair products, and structural heart defect devices; neuromodulation products, such as spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency ablation to treat chronic pain, as well as deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders; and thoratec products comprising ventricular assist devices and percutaneous heart pumps. The company sells its products through direct sales force and independent distributors. St. Jude Medical, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Analyst Activity: Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN)

Analysts are weighing in on how Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a  assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.0. The stock is rated as buy by 10 analysts, with 10 outperform and 10 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 28.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $-0.57 a share, which would compare with $-0.31 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $-0.47 and a low estimate of $-0.64. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $369.33M from $710.78M the year-ago period.

For the full year, 30.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of -2.12 per share, with a high estimate of $-1.63 and a low estimate of $-2.39. It had reported earnings per share of $-1.19 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $1.55B versus 2.77B in the preceding year.

The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around -69.61% 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 26 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for SPN is $19.04 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $28.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 44 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $19.44. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $13.00 price targets on shares of Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN).

In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $-0.31 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $-0.31. It was an earnings surprise of 0.00%percent. 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.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides specialized oilfield services and equipment to crude oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Drilling Products and Services; Onshore Completion and Workover Services; Production Services; and Technical Solutions. The Drilling Products and Services segment rents tubulars, including primary drill pipe strings, tubing landing strings, completion tubulars, and associated accessories; and manufactures and rents bottom hole tools, such as stabilizers, non-magnetic drill collars, and hole openers, as well as rents temporary onshore and offshore accommodation modules and accessories. The Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment offers pressure pumping services comprising hydraulic fracturing and high pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells; fluid management services used to obtain, move, store, and dispose of fluids that are involved in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas reservoirs; and workover services consisting of installations, completions, and sidetracking of wells, as well as support for perforating operations. The Production Services segment provides intervention services, including coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, production testing and optimization, and remedial pumping services. The Technical Solutions segment offers pressure control services; completion tools and services, such as sand control systems, well screens and filters, and surface-controlled sub surface safety valves; and offshore well decommissioning services, including plugging and abandoning wells at the end of their economic life, and dismantling and removing associated infrastructure. Superior Energy Services, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.