Research analysts are predicting that Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) will report earnings of $1.31 per share when the firm issues their quarterly report today. This is the consensus earnings per share number according to data from Zack’s Research.
In the most recent quarter Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) reported a surprise factor of 2.86%. The actual number was $0.03 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 Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) are anticipating on a consensus basis that the stock will reach $98 within the next 52 weeks. Of the analysts providing short term targets, the most bullish analyst has a $102 target on the stock. On the other end, the most conservative has a short term target of $95. This is based on the 6 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks. The consensus price target was last revised on 2017-07-05.
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. Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) currently has an ABR of 3.14 heading into today’s announcement. This number is also based on the 6 sell-side firms polled by Zacks.
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