Comparable Company Analysis: C. R. Bard, Inc. (BCR), AT&T Inc. (T)

C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) shares were trading lower by -0.26 percent ($-0.87) at $335.94 a piece in Thursday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $336.81. BCR trades with a P/S ratio of 6.3. This is lower than the industry’s 7.52 but higher compared with the wider sector’s 5.42. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 25.7 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 44.27. Shares of BCR have uptrended 4.72% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved -1.21% in that time. C. R. Bard, Inc. (BCR) has a market cap of $24.42 billion and over the last 12 months, C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) has gone stronger by 59.55%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NYSE:BCR) price has been as high as $337.19 and as low as $206.26. C. R. Bard, Inc. earnings have risen with an annualized rate of 13.8% over the last 5 years.

C. R. Bard, Inc. (Mean Target Price: $325)

The average 1-year price target for C. R. Bard, Inc. (BCR) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $325/share. That’s a potential -3.26 decrease relative to where C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $335.26 and $337.54. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $313. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $337.

C. R. Bard, Inc. (BCR) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 3 for C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 10 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track BCR 10 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 0, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy C. R. Bard, Inc. versus those who think you should sell it. A 0 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while0 believe that investors should either steer clear of BCR or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) Cheap From Peers?

AT&T Inc. (T) knifed -0.27 percent lower and now trades for $36.38. T comes in with a P/S ratio of 1.39 that’s greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (3.43) and its peers (1.54). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 12.48 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 17.49. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $43.03 and as low as $32.55. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) earnings have risen with a quarterly rate of 5.3% over the last 5 years. Shares of T have sank -2.88% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has dropped -9.37% in that time.

AT&T Inc. (Price Objective: $39.14)

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has a market cap of $223.72 billion and over the last 12 months, T has declined by -5.82%. The average 1-year price target for (T) reveals an average price target of $39.14 per share. That’s a potential 7.59 gain from where (NYSE:T) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $23. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $48.

Analyst Thoughts About AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 30 analysts — of 2.5 for AT&T Inc. (T) points to moderate case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track AT&T Inc. 19 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 11 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 10 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 1 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NYSE:T) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

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