Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) has grabbed the attention from analysts, when it saw a value increase of 2.45% or 2.79 points in the last trading session. A total of 2.15M shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade compared with its average trading volume of 1.69M shares, while its relative volume stands at 0.96. Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) has a market cap of $10.99B and the number of outstanding shares have been calculated 92.04M.
When taking a look at recommendations from analysts, investors can use the average brokerage recommendation score to determine the consensus take on a stock. The ABR is the calculated average of the actual recommendations (strong buy, hold, sell etc) made by the brokerage firms for a given stock. The ABR rank is displayed in the range of 1 to 5 where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. The ABR is solely based on brokerage recommendations. It’s important to note that analysts employed by brokerage firms have been and continue to be overly optimistic with their recommendations. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) currently have an ABR of 1.94, number of Recs in ABR is 33 while industry rank of the company by ABR is 73 of 265.
Out of the brokerage recommendations 16 rate Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) stock a Strong Buy, 3 rate the stock a Buy, 14 rate Hold, 0 rate Sell and 0 recommend a Strong Sell.
Taking a glance at where the stock might be directed in the future, on a consensus basis, the sell-side has a 52 week price target of $142.97 on the stock, this valuation is based on 37 number of opinions with standard deviation of 19.23. Most recently Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW)’s price target was revised on 05/04/17. The most optimistic analyst sees the stock reaching $190 while the most conventional has $108 target price if we look at the price target with an optimistic approach it has upside potential of 63% from its recent closing price of $116.50.
Historically, if we have a peek at price target revisions, Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW)’s price target was revised by the analysts one week back on 04/21/17 to set its target price at $156.31 where its twelve month high target price was set at $200 and low at $120 while demonstrating the standard deviation of 19.61.
In order to check on the sell-side rational, we can also take a peek at some technical indicators. Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW)’s price sits 3.05% above from its 50-day moving average of $112.53 and -13.84% away from the stock’s 200-day moving average which is $130.28. Shares are trading -29.69% away from the 52-week high mark of $165.69 and +8.56% far from the 52-week bottom of $107.31. The stock hit its 52-week high on 11/17/16, and 52-week low on 04/05/17. The average true range, a measure of volatility is at 2.72, however its weekly and monthly volatility is 2.60%, 1.98% respectively. The company’s Relative Strength Index which shows price strength currently stands at 56.22.
Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) as of recent trade, has shown weekly upbeat performance of 0.03% which was maintained at 7.04% in 1-month period. The year-to-date (YTD) performance reflected -6.84% negative outlook. During the past three months the stock slid -24.72%, bringing six-month performance to -16.31%.
While taking a glance at financials, we can look at a number of key indicators. Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) has a Return on Assets of -8.40%, which is key indicator of how profitable a company is relative to its total assets. The company currently has a Return on Equity of -29.50% and a Return on Investment of -15.10%. ROI is a performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments.
The stock has 5 year expected PEG ratio of 1.52 whereas its trailing twelve month P/E ratio is -42.26 along with forward price to earnings ratio of 36.51. Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW)’s price to free cash flow for trailing twelve months is 25.85. Its quick ratio for most recent quarter is 1.90 along with current ratio for most recent quarter of 1.90. Total debt to equity ratio of the company for most recent quarter is 0.00 whereas long term debt to equity ratio for most recent quarter is 0.59.