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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for JCP. The most optimistic price target was 15, implying a possible profit of 178.81 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 4, which equates to a potential downside of -25.65 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 16.67 percent. That number becomes -163.89 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 3.19 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 2.13 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 2 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 2 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

In the trailing 52-weeks, JCP hit 11.30 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 4.17. Currently the stock is 29.02 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 52.39 percent. JCP has a price/earnings 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.