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Priming the Pump: What Are Analysts Saying About Enterprise Financial Services Corporation (NASDAQ:EFSC)?

Enterprise Financial Services Corporation (NASDAQ:EFSC) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 1.75. This number is based on the 4 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 186.

Analysts often use a number of terms—buy, strong buy, near-term or long-term accumulate, near-term or long-term over-perform or under-perform, neutral, hold— to describe their recommendations. But the definitions of these terms can differ from company to company. Instead of making assumptions, investors should read the definitions of all ratings used in each analyst report. They should also consider the company’s disclosures regarding what percentage of all ratings fall into either “buy,” “hold/neutral,” and “sell” groups.

Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $52.33 within the year. The ABR is provided by Zacks which simplfies analyst ratings into an integer based number. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating.
Research analysts study publicly traded companies and make recommendations on the securities of those companies. Most specialize in a particular industry or sector of the economy. They exert considerable influence in today’s marketplace. Analysts’ recommendations or reports can influence the price of a company’s stock—especially when the recommendations are widely disseminated through television appearances or through other electronic and print media. The mere mention of a company by a popular analyst can temporarily cause its stock to rise or fall—even when nothing about the company’s prospects or fundamentals has recently changed.Active investors are constantly faced with tough decisions when managing their own stock portfolios. Deciding when to sell a certain stock may be just as vital as choosing which stocks to buy in the first place. There are bound to be extremes on both sides when analyzing buy and sell decisions. Maybe a well researched stock hasn’t seen the gains that were expected at the outset. When emotions take over, the investor may not be able to part with the stock. They may hold on to the equity with the hopes that someday it will bounce back. Of course this may happen eventually, but the situation could also worsen and the stock may keep losing. The same decisions sometimes have to be made when dealing with a winning stock. After a big run, the investor may have to decide whether to take the profits or hold off to see if the stock will continue to push upwards. These are no easy decisions for the individual investor. Being able to make the proper portfolio moves may take some time to master, but it may end up being highly important for continued, long-term success.  

Most recently Enterprise Financial Services Corporation (NASDAQ:EFSC) posted quarterly earnings of $1.06 which compared to the sell-side estimates of 0.95. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $3.62. Shares have moved $-3.79 over the past month and more recently, $0.16 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 3 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

When examining current stock market levels, investors who have been staying on the sidelines may be wondering if now is a good time to get back into the ring. Nobody can say for sure if momentum will continue to push to the upside, and investors may be overly cautious at this stage. Studying company financials and paying attention to pertinent economic data can help the investor make more educated decisions when it comes to the stock market. It is obviously very hard for a new investor to become highly successful in the stock market right out of the gate. Doing all the homework and dedicating the proper amount of time can help the investor get on the right track to accumulating profits down the road.

Buy Ratings
3 analysts rate Enterprise Financial Services Corporation a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 75% of all the analyst ratings.

Earnings
Research analysts are predicting that Enterprise Financial Services Corporation (NASDAQ:EFSC) will report earnings of $0.92 per share when the firm issues their next quarterly report. This is the consensus earnings per share number according to data from Zack’s Research.

Enterprise Financial Services Corporation (NASDAQ:EFSC) closed the last session at $43.14 and sees an average of 61113.75 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $36.87 while the current level stands at 29.89% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved 14.01% over the past 12 weeks and 14.64% year to date.

It is no secret that most investors have the best of intentions when diving into the equity markets. Making sound, informed decisions can help the investor make the most progress when dealing with the markets. Often times, investors may think they have everything in order, but they still come out on the losing end. Investors may need to figure out ways to keep emotion out of stock picking. Sometimes trading on emotions can lead to poor results. Making hasty decisions and not paying attention to the correct data can lead to poor performing portfolios in the long-term.

This article is informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell the stock.

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