Active Broker’s Choice in Focus: Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE:PF), Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL)

Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE:PF) [Trend Analysis] moved down reacts as active mover, shares a loss -1.97% to traded at $56.37 and the percentage gap between open changing to regular change was -0.70%. Lets us look over what analysts have to say about performance of the PF. Starting with EPS for the final quarter of this year. EPS is usually the indicator of profitability for the company. According to WSJ analysis, the Q4 2016 current estimates trends were for $0.47 as compared to the next year Q1 current trend of $0.53. While on annual basis the current EPS estimates trend for FY 2017 came in for $2.76 as compared to three months ago $2.70.

The stock prices target chart showed high target of 65 kept by analysts at WSJ while the average price target was for 60.72 as compared to current price of 56.77. Somehow, the stock managed to gain BUY ratings by 15 analysts in current tenure as 2 analysts having overweight ratings, 3 recommend as HOLD. Overall, the consensus ratings were for Buy by the pool of analysts.

The firm’s current ratio calculated as 2 for the most recent quarter. The firm past twelve months price to sales ratio was 2.14 and price to cash ratio remained 18.96. As far as the returns are concern, the return on equity was recorded as 11.30% and return on investment was 6.80% while its return on asset stayed at 3.20%. The firm has total debt to equity ratio measured as 1.63.

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) [Trend Analysis] attempts to attain leading position in street, Shares price changes as it -0.37% to close at $125.03 with the total traded volume of 316045 shares. Finally to see some strong financial remarks by WSJ over ECL performance. Out of the pool of analysts 12 gave their BUY ratings on the stock in previous month as 9 analysts having BUY in current month. The stock was ranked as Underweight by 1 analyst while 2 analysts gave SELL rank. Majority ranked Overweight from the pool of analysts.

The next year first quarter EPS estimates trend for current period shows $0.82 while one month ago this estimate trend was for $0.89. EPS indicator shows the robustness of the stock and its analysis opens up the clear picture of company’s profitability. On annual basis of EPS, FY 2017 Estimate Trends at current were for $5.35 and for the one month was for $5.39 as compared to three months ago was for $5.46. Whereas, ECL received highest price target of 146 and low target of 99. The stock price target chart showed average price target of 126.72 as compared to current price of 123.84.

The firm has institutional ownership of 87.40%, while insider ownership included 0.40%. Its price to sales ratio ended at 2.78. ECL attains analyst recommendation of 2.30 with week’s performance of 1.80%.

 

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Blake Escott holds junior writer position in SWR. Before joining Streetwise Report, he was a freelance content Writer. He has high-level copywriting experience and particularly experienced in proofreading and editing. He covers news about different companies including all US market sectors. Interests: Commodities, Energy stocks, Sector-wise Stocks analysis, Utilities

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