Discover Financial (DFS) Going Through Hard Times This Year

Discover Financial Services(DFS) shares saw a recent bid of $59.80 and 2.66M shares have exchanged hands in the recent trading session, yielding a -0.52% decline over the past week. The stock price increased 1.29% or $-0.76 versus $59.04 at the end of the prior session. This change led market cap to move at $23.08B, putting the price -19.55% below the 52-week high and 18.84% above the 52-week low. The company’s stock has a normal trading capacity of 2.99M shares while the relative volume is 0.89.

To stay one step ahead we extended our research by comparing different price targets. The stock notched a 12-month high of $76.02 while $87.00 target is by far the most aggressive out of analysts who are currently evaluating the company, $10.98 higher than the next highest 52-week price estimate. The lowest 12-month price target for the shares is $60.00, which would be an increase of about 0% of its current value. The mean target of $77.00 should be compared with the price when the stock was languishing around $50.32 a share. And it remains to be seen which target price DFS can achieve without sacrificing much as the company is holding a 6.42% gain for the past twelve months.

By historical standards, Discover Financial Services remains a cheap stock. The company’s current price-earnings ratio amounts to 10.23 times earnings, below the average P/E ratio of 38.93 times earnings. For now, Discover Financial Services is the toast of Wall Street as its ABR stands at 1.90 with 12 out of 28 analysts rating the stock a buy. Over the short term, some market observers may have noticed that Discover Financial Services has a 1.20% short float with 15 days to cover. It becomes significant when you consider how many shares are shorted versus the average daily volume, means how many days to cover those short shares at that volume. Discover Financial Services has far performed well this year, with the share price down -17.05% since January. Over the past 2 quarters, the stock is down -12.42%, compared with a fall of nearly -16.52% for 3 months and about -7.03% for the past 30 days.

Last time, the company shocked Wall Street by reporting EPS of $1.43, smashing the consensus of $1.43 per share. Revenue for the quarter also did not kill consensus, coming in at $2.34B, compared to the consensus of 2.36B. Nonetheless, from here on out, earnings per share forecasts for the current quarter are $1.48. The company is expected to report EPS as high as $1.58 and as low as $1.38 per share. Similarly, full-year EPS forecasts have ranged between $5.80 and $6.15. The mean EPS estimate is $6.02. On the other side, sales forecasts for the current quarter are $2.4B. The stock is expected to report revenue as high as $2.46B and as low as $2.36B per share. Similarly, full-year sales forecasts have ranged between $9.68B and $10.26B. The mean revenue estimate is $9.76B.

Over the last 5 years, Discover Financial Services has averaged a 5.30% YoY EPS growth rate and a 5.10% revenue growth rate. Analysts are expecting EPS growth rates to be at 12.30% this quarter and EPS estimate for next year reflect a 10.80% growth rate.

Sell-side analysts also have something to say about this company. Oppenheimer analysts stated on 26/04/2017 that they maintained their Outperform rating. Susquehanna had a markedly different take on 06/01/2017, proposing that Discover Financial Services is now considered Neutral versus prior Positive rating. BofA/Merrill raised its rating on Discover Financial Services to Buy on 15/12/2016 in a reversal from its prior Neutral rating. Wedbush raised its rating on Discover Financial Services to Outperform on 07/12/2016 in a reversal from its prior Neutral rating.

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