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What Wall Street Recommends for Jack in the Box

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Analysts’ ratings

As of November 22, 52.9% of the 17 analysts who follow Jack in the Box (JACK) recommend a “buy,” 41.2% recommend a “hold,” and 5.9% recommend a “sell.”

On the same day, analysts expected the company’s stock price to reach $110.53 in next 12 months, which represents a return potential of 9.1%. On November 19, Wedbush downgraded the stock from “outperform” to “neutral” and also lowered its target price from $115 to $104.

Fiscal 4Q17 expectations

Jack in the Box is scheduled to report its fiscal 4Q17 earnings after the market closes on November 29. Analysts are expecting the company to post EPS (earnings per share) of $0.90 on revenues of $341.7 million. Compared to fiscal 4Q16, the company’s EPS are expected to fall 12.6% while revenue is expected to fall 14.2%. For more information on analysts’ 4Q17 expectations, see Jack in the Box in Fiscal 4Q17: What Can We Expect?

Peer comparisons

  • Wendy’s (WEN): Of the 22 analysts who follow Wendy’s, 50.0% recommend a “buy,” 45.5% recommend a “hold,” and 4.5% recommend a “sell.” In the next 12 months, analysts expect Wendy’s stock price to reach $$16.26, which represents a return potential of 16.6%.
  • McDonald’s (MCD): Of the 33 analysts who follow McDonald’s, 69.7% recommend a “buy” and 30.3% recommend a “hold.” Analysts expect  McDonald’s stock price to reach $175.41 in the next 12 months, which represents a return potential of 3.8%.
  • Restaurant Brands International (QSR): Of the 12 analysts who follow QSR, 58.3% recommend a “buy” and 41.7% recommend a “hold.” In the next 12 months, analysts expect QSR’s stock price to reach $72.0, which represents a return potential of 9.3%.

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