Analyst Ratings for J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (JCP)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Shares of J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE:JCP) have received a consensus rating of Hold from Wall Street analysts. About 30 days ago, JCP was issued an average rating of Hold.

A buy rating was issued by 5 analysts, 1 issued an overweight rating, 15 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 2 gave a sell rating. Today, there are 4 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

JCP was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic price target was 15, implying potential capital gains of 178.81 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 4, implying potential capital losses of -25.65 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 16.67 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -163.89 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 3.19 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 2.13 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 2 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 2 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

JCP has a 52-week high of 11.30 and a 52-week low of 4.17. Currently the stock is 29.02 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 52.39 percent. JCP has a P/E ratio of 0. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The JCP value stock report compares JCP to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of JCP is $1.64 billion. JCP is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.