What's Happening With CPB
Consumer goods maker Campbell Soup will announce its second-quarter results on February 17. The company will report its quarterly results before the market open, with the consensus calling for earnings of $0.88 per share on revenue of $2.22 billion. The stock is currently up 4.9% on the year.
CPB was recently trading at $63.59, down $4.30 from its 12-month high and $11.01 above its 12-month low. Overall technical indicators for CPB are bullish with a strong upward trend. The stock has recent support above $61.90, and resistance below $64.25. Of the 12 analysts who cover the stock, one rates it a “strong buy”, nine rate it a “hold”, and two rate it a “strong sell”. The stock receives S&P Capital IQ’s 3 STARS “Hold” ranking.
CPB is in the midst of a nice rally after enduring a long sell off during the latter part of 2016, and if the company is able to post solid quarterly numbers the stock should build on its recent gains. With the recent rally in the stock, valuation is becoming a concern, with a P/E of 29.8. Analysts see the company growing earnings by a modest 4.8% this year, which is a bit low to warrant the stock’s current valuation. The street has a whisper number of 89 cents, a penny above the consensus, indicating a good likelihood that the company will report earnings that are at least in-line with the consensus. The stock has been trending higher since the company’s last earnings report in November, but the stock will quickly give back some of its recent gains if Q2 numbers fail to impress the street. Analysts have an average price target of $59.33 on the stock (versus its current price of $63.59), so there is some downside risk. Current shareholders should consider having an exit plan in place just in case results are unable to hit the street’s forecast.
About Campbell Soup Co
Campbell Soup Co is a manufacturer and marketer of branded food and beverage products. Its segments are The Americas Simple Meals and Beverages, The Global Biscuits and Snacks, and The Campbell Fresh.