Consensus Rating Focus on Shares of Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY)

When monitoring analyst ratings, investors can use the average brokerage recommendation score to determine the consensus view on the stock. The ABR is an average of the recommendations offered by research firms on a given equity. The ABR rank is displayed in the range of 1 to 5 where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and a rating of 5 represents a Strong Sell. While tracking shares of Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), we have noted that the current average broker rating is currently 1.5. Going further, we can see that 3 Wall Street analysts have given the stock a Strong Buy or Buy rating, based on analysts polled by Zacks Research.

Even for seasoned investors, it can be natural to become wary when certain stocks are tanking in the stock portfolio. The knee jerk reaction can be to immediately change up the portfolio mix to help rectify the situation. Sometimes changes may need to be made, but often times, resisting the urge to make changes based on temporary downturns may prove to help the longer-term health of the stock portfolio. Investors may find themselves in the same predicament when markets are heading higher and every stock seems to be a winner. The impulse might be to double down and buy even more shares of a name that has been over performing recently. Once again, sometimes this may work out, but there will also be times when stocks have finished the run and adding to the position may end up nullifying previous gains if momentum swings back the other way.

Shifting gears, we can see that the current quarter EPS consensus estimate for Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) is 0.8. This EPS estimate is using 3 sell-side analysts polled by Zacks Research. For the prior reporting period, the company posted a quarterly EPS of 0.76. As we move through earnings season, all eyes will be on the company to see if they can beat analyst estimates and show improvement from the last quarter. When a company reports actual earnings numbers, the surprise factor can cause a stock price to realize increased activity. Investors and analysts will be closely watching to see how the earnings results impact the stock after the next release. Many investors will decide to be cautious around earnings releases and delay buy/sell moves until after the stock price has steadied.

Viewing some popular support and resistance marks on shares of Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), we can see that the 52-week high is presently $48.97, and the 52-week low is currently $36.29. When the stock is trading near the 52-week high or 52-week low, investors may be on the lookout for a potential break through the level. Looking at recent action, we can see that the stock has been trading near the $35.74 level. Investors may also want to track historical price activity. Over the past 12 weeks, the stock has changed -7.27%. Looking further back to the beginning of the calendar year, we note that shares have moved -8.07%. Over the previous 4 weeks, shares have seen a change of -6.19%. Over the last 5 trading sessions, the stock has moved -7.46%. Investors will be monitoring stock activity over the next few days to try and gauge which way the momentum is shifting.

Sharp investors typically realize that stock returns can fluctuate, and the periods of extreme ups and downs can sometimes be quite long. It can be very difficult to predict when a big market downturn will occur. However, investors who have a plan in place will often find themselves in a better position than those who do not. Investors following an individual plan can include some preparation for the unknown. The plan may involve specific criteria, and it may be uniquely tailored to suit the individual’s goals. When markets get choppy, it can be tempting for the individual investor to go into survival mode. Some of the best stock buying opportunities will present themselves during a lengthy period of decline. Being ready to pounce on these opportunities might end up being a huge benefit to the investor when the time comes.

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