Earnings of $1.59 Expected For F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV)

Sell-side analysts on Wall Street are anticipating that F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) will report earnings of $1.52 per share when the company issues their quarterly report today.  This is the consensus EPS number according to data from Zack’s Research.  How the estimated EPS differs from the actual earnings number is what investors will be paying particularly close attention to. 

As we head into the meaty part of earnings season, investors will be keeping a sharp focus on how the actual reported numbers stack up to estimates given by Wall Street analysts. The stock market tends to be a bit busier during earnings reporting season. Increased volatility may be noticed if a company reports unexpected results.  Companies that post large surprise factors may see heightened attention on the stock. Investors will be trying to make sense of the data in order to gauge how the stock is likely to perform over the next few quarters. Investors may want to compare historical earnings results going back at least a few quarters to try and spot any possible trend. Companies that consistently post solid numbers might end up being better positioned for success heading into the future.

In the most recent quarter F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) reported a surprise factor of -3.95%. The actual number was $-0.06 away from the Zacks consensus just prior to the actual release. A significant surprise factor can lead to stock swings in the price in the hours and days following the earnings report.

Research analysts covering shares of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) are anticipating on a consensus basis that the stock will reach $135.176 within the next 52 weeks. Of the analysts providing short term targets, the most bullish analyst has a $160 target on the stock. On the other end, the most conservative has a short term target of $100. This is based on the 17 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks. The consensus price target was last revised on 2017-07-14.

Zacks also provides a simplified scale for analyst recommendations. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating. F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) currently has an ABR of 2.58 heading into today’s announcement. This number is also based on the 17 sell-side firms polled by Zacks.

This article is informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell F5 Networks, Inc.. 

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