Quarterly Earnings Watch: Herbalife LTD. (NYSE:HLF)

Herbalife LTD. (NYSE:HLF) is expected to next issue their quarterly announcement on or around 2015-11-03. This is based on the most recent information made available by the firm. The Zacks consensus EPS number currently sits at $1.2 for the current quarter. Zack’s number can sometimes slightly differ from the First Call EPS estimates. Buy-side institutions and retail investors alike will be closely monitoring the direction of this estimate and the revisions as the earnings date approaches.

Herbalife LTD. (NYSE:HLF) most recently posted earnings of $1.24 per share for their fiscal quarter which closed on 2015-06-30. The actual number was $0.11 away from the Zacks consensus number calculated immediately prior to the release of earnings materials, or a surprise factor of 9.73%.

Publicly traded firms can feel intense pressure to meet or beat the First Call or Zacks consensus estimates. When a firm consistently beats Wall Street estimates, investors are often rewarded by a higher share price over time. On the other hand, the stock price can be punished when a company repeatedly fails to meet or exceed what research firms are expecting.

Stock Price Target

Sell-side firms covering the company, have a 12-month price target of $62 on the stock. This is according to the 3 analysts polled by Zacks which are taken into account to arrive at the average. The most positive analyst view sees the stock reaching $73. On the other hand, the most conservative analyst report has a $55 price target on the name.

Zacks compiles analyst recommendations into a simplified scale due to the complexity of the various methods and terminology of research firms. The scale provides an Average Broker Rating based on a 1 to 5 sliding scale where 1 signifies a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell recommendation. Herbalife LTD. currently has an average broker rating of 2. The stock had a rating of 2 three months ago.

Immediate Sentiment

Alpha One provides analytics on stock sentiment analysis based on a news stories and articles from the most important and impactful sources on the internet. The algorithm can help identify how impactful stock news and sentiment can be on a firm’s share price. Each stock is given a daily rating of -1 to 1 based on how negative or positive the news is perceived to be. The sentiment score for Herbalife LTD. was 0.108 for stories published on 2015-10-11. Alpha One also calculates a daily impact score on each stock which is based on a 1-100 scale which calculates the likelihood that a stock will move more than 1% on news. The Impact Score for the firm on 2015-10-11 was 88.

Shares of the Herbalife LTD. traded in the range of $54.9 to $56.5 and closed the most recent session at $54.93.

Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company. The Company sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products as well as personal care products. It distributes and sells its products through a network of independent distributors, using the direct selling channel. The Company categorizes its science-based products into four principal groups: weight management, targeted nutrition, energy, sports & fitness and Outer Nutrition. As of December 31, 2012, it sold its products in 88 countries to and through a network of approximately 3.2 million independent distributors. In China, in order to comply with local laws and regulations, it sells its products through, sales representatives, sales officers, independent service providers and in retail stores. On December 31, 2012, the Company acquired a manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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