Many investors will be carefully reviewing company earnings results when they are released to the public. They will most likely be keeping a close eye on how the actual results stack up to Wall Street analyst estimates. According to analysts polled by Zacks Research, the current quarter EPS consensus estimate is resting at 0.55 for shares of National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI). The number consists of projections offered by 3 contributing analysts. For the last quarter, the company posted a quarterly EPS of 0.45.
Successful stock market traders and investors don’t usually just become that way overnight. There are often many years of experience behind those winning trades. The amount of data available to investors these days is staggering. Investors have to be able to focus on the provided information and decide which data should be followed and prioritized. Many investors will be keeping a watchful eye on the next round of company earnings reports. As companies start to report quarterly numbers, investors may be able to sift through the data and make some projections on how the stock will perform over the next few quarters.
Shifting the focus to some possible support and resistance levels on shares of National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI), we note that the 52-week high is currently $53.32, and the 52-week low is currently $39.45. When shares are trading near to the 52-week high or 52-week low, investors may be watching for a break through either level. Investors may also be watching historical price action. Over the past 12 weeks, the stock has moved 0.68%. Going back to the start of the year, we can see that shares have moved 17.51%. Over the last 4 weeks, shares have seen a change of -2.96%. Over the last 5 trading days, the stock has moved 0.91%. Checking in on recent session activity, we have seen that the stock has been trading near the $48.31 mark.
Looking further at shares of National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI), we have noticed that the current consensus target price is $50. Wall Street analysts have the ability to create price target estimates for where they think the stock will be moving in the near-term. Because price target projections can differ from one analyst to the next, they may span a wide range of values. Many investors will closely track target prices, and they tend to pay extra close attention when analysts make revisions to those targets.
Wall Street analysts often give buy/sell/hold ratings for the companies that they track. Investors have the ability to view these sell-side ratings in order to help with their own stock research. Analyst ratings may have different interpretations. According to analysts polled by Zacks Research, the current average broker rating on shares of National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI) is 2.33. This rating uses a scale between 1 and 5. Following this scale, a rating of 1 would represent a Strong Buy, and a rating of 5 would indicate a Strong Sell recommendation. Out of all these analysts offering ratings, 1 have rated the stock a Strong Buy or Buy, according to Zacks Research.
Investors often conduct stock analysis to help figure out which ones are a good buy, and at what price should they get in. The two main types of stock research used by investors are fundamental and technical analysis. Some investors will only study the fundamentals while others will only follow the technicals. Many will choose to combine the two methods in order to get a more well-rounded view of the stock. Fundamental analysis entails following company data. This may include studying the balance sheet, profit and loss statements, and the overall competency of company management. Fundamental analysts often use financial ratios to help understand company information. Technical analysts often study charts in order to define trends. This research is typically not concerned with how the underlying financials of the company look, but how the stock has been trading.
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