Majority rate ODP a ‘hold’

Analysts covering Office Depot (ODP) stock continue to be on the sidelines. Of the eight analysts covering the stock, 63% have rated it a “hold,” and 25% have rated it a “sell.” Only 12% have rated it a “buy.”

What Analysts Recommend for Office Depot Stock

Office Depot has been struggling since the shift to digital has wreaked havoc on the demand of paper-based office supplies. The growth of Amazon in the retail space is another big factor. The shift to online shopping has made prices highly competitive. All these factors have led to ODP’s top-line erosion. The stock has fallen 42% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of April 10, 2018.

Currently, analysts’ 12-month average target price for Office Depot stock is $3.10, which reflects a 50.5% upside to the stock as of April 10, 2018.

Any respite in the offing?

Office Depot is now transforming itself into a business services company with the acquisition of CompuCom. It’s closing its international operations to focus on its core business. It’s also shutting down US stores at a reduced pace to focus on its omnichannel strategy and reduce costs. The initiatives, although headed in the right direction, could be a drag in the near term.

What analysts are saying about ODP’s peers

Of the 26 analysts tracking Best Buy (BBY) stock, 65% have rated it a “hold,” and 23% have rated it a “buy.” The 12-month average target price for Best Buy stock is $75.77, which reflects a 5.7% upside to the stock as of April 10, 2018.

For Costco (COST), 69% of the 29 analysts covering the stock have given it a “buy” rating, and the rest have rated it a “hold.” The 12-month average target price for Costco stock is $209.46, which reflects a 14.1% upside to the stock as of April 10, 2018.

For Target (TGT), 63% of the 27 analysts have rated it a “hold,” and 26% have rated it a “buy.” The 12-month average target price for Target stock is $76.31, which reflects a 4.8% upside as of April 10, 2018.

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