What Analyst Ratings Spell For These Stocks? – The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV), Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV) slipped over -1.64% at $133.32. The Travelers Companies, Inc. has 274.1 million shares outstanding, and in the last trade has seen ATR around 1.79. The volume of TRV witnessed a shift from 2.65 million shares, based on a 50-day average, to 1.62 million shares.

In the most updated research from a number of analysts on Wall Street, the company gets 6 Buys and 3 Sell among 21 analysts. The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV) hasconsensus analyst target price is $133.13. That gives us a street projected return of -0.14%. If the published price targets set by The Travelers Companies, Inc. analysts have any power to influence the stock’s share price, the highest price target set for TRV is $151.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. most recently reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.91 for the September 2017 versus $2.4 in the same quarter last year, representing -62% growth. Analysts had predicted $0.46. Revenue during the quarter was $6.66 billion, representing 4% growth from $6.39 billion in year-ago quarter. The company’s quarterly EPS surprised Wall Street by as much as 98% to the upside in its last earnings announcement, so investors should note this tendency when assessing consensus estimates.

On a similar note, analysts expect EPS of $2.52 in December 2017 quarter and $2.35 in March 2018 quarter, representing -21.25% and 8.8% growth, respectively. They expect this year’s earnings to fall -25.89% year-over-year to $7.5, followed by 26.13% growth in the next year to $9.46.

Shares of Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) traded up 1.11% in the last session while performance was up 89.88% in the last five days. The stock’s last price was higher from the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $86.8 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average price was $84.27. Currently, 705.78 million total shares are owned by the public and among those 699.49 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 0.06% while institutional stake was 58.5%.

Duke Energy Corporation (DUK) has risen 24.25% since then. But since then, those gains have faded by 0.16%. DUK has risen 3.56% in the 1-month period.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. has a beta of 0.26, offering the possibility of a higher rate of return, but also posing more risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $3.81 a share in the trailing twelve months. It last reported revenues of $6.48 billion and EPS of $1.59 for the September 2017, representing -5% top-line growth and 1.68 EPS growth.

Looking forward, the company’s quarterly earnings are expected to come at $0.92 in the three months through December 2017 and $1.2 in the quarter ending March 2018, reflecting 13.58% and 15.38% growth, respectively. For the full year, analysts expect earnings to decline -2.77% yoy to $4.56. Next year this growth will reach 5.7% to attain $4.82.

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