Wall Street Stock Recommendations: Pepsico, Inc. (PEP), Gastar Exploration Inc. (GST)

Pepsico, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) was more active in the last trading session as around 3.68 million shares exchanged hands on Wall Street, representing an increase from its normal capacity of 3.42 million shares. A -0.51% change after the initial price of $117.64, sent the closing price to $116.88.

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) Analyst Opinion

Pepsico, Inc. has a consensus outperform rating from 22 Wall Street analysts, and the number of shares currently sold short amount to at least 0.59% of shares outstanding. The stock sank -0.43% last month and is down -2.54 this year. Wall Street is only getting more bullish on the stock, with 14 of analysts who cover PEP having a buy-equivalent rating. Analysts have placed a $124.6 price target on Pepsico, Inc., suggesting a 6.61% gain from recent close. It’s currently trading about -3.06% below its 52-week high.

Pepsico, Inc. Earnings Surprise

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) surprised the stock market in its last reported earnings when it earned $1.48 a piece versus the consensus-estimated $1.43. Its revenue totaled $16.31 billion up 3.82% from the previous quarter.

Pepsico, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) Intraday View

This stock (PEP) is ahead of its 52-week low with 15.65%. Its last month’s stock price volatility remained 1.04% which for the week stands at 0.98%. The share price has moved backward from its 20 days moving average, trading at a distance of -1.32% and stays 0.77% away from its 50 days moving average. Over the last five days, shares have faced -1.23% losses and now is up 1.75% since hitting its 200-day moving average of $115.06. Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) has made its way to a 12-month gain of 14.8%.

Turning to Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE:GST), its shares were trading at $1.31 a gain of $0.02, on the trading floor. The stock, after opening at $1.28, touched a high of $1.35 before paring much of its gains. So far, analysts are sticking with their neutral recommendations with the consensus call at 2.7. Gastar Exploration Inc. has 0 buy ratings, 5 holds and 0 sells even after the stock tumbled -40.18% from its high of $2.19 to a $273.88 million market value through last close.

Gastar Exploration Inc. (GST) Consensus Price Target

The company’s consensus rating on Reuter’s scale slipped from 2.86 to 2.71 during a month. Analysts set a 12-month price target of $1 a share. The target implies a -23.66% decrease from where the shares are currently trading. Also, the current price highlights a discount of -4.58% to analysts’ high consensus price target.

Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE:GST) Intraday Trading

The counter witnessed a trading volume of 1.48 million shares versus an average volume of 1.2 million shares during last trading session. Its last month’s stock price volatility remained 8.69% which for the week approaches 8.57%. The lowest price the stock reached in the last trading day was $1.26 and compares with the $0.38 52-week low. The stock recovered 249.05% since its low point and has performed 24.76% year-to-date.

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