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Why Wall Street Analysts Are Bullish on TransCanada

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Year-to-date performance

TransCanada (TRP) has risen nearly 10.0% so far in 2017. It has outperformed Targa Resources (TRGP), ONEOK (OKE), and Enbridge (ENB), which have fallen 26.0%, 13.0%, and 16.0%, respectively, over the same timeframe. 

The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has fallen nearly 12.0% year-to-date. Lower energy commodity prices have severely impacted the performance of energy companies over the last three years. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) (SPX-INDEX) has risen nearly 14.0% year-to-date.

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Analyst recommendations

As the chart above shows, Wall Street analysts are bullish on TransCanada. TRP’s mean price target rose steadily from $68.92 Canadian in November 2016 to its current level of $72.17 Canadian.

Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters, 87.0% rated TransCanada as a “buy,” and 13.0% rated it as a “hold.” None of the surveyed analysts rated TRP as a “sell.” TRP’s mean target price implies a 14.0% upside in a year from its current price of $63.55 Canadian.

Recommendations for peers

As for TransCanada’s peers, 25.0% of analysts rated ONEOK as a “buy,” 56.0% rated Enbridge as a “buy,” and 58.0% rated Targa Resources as a “buy.”

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