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 maximum price target given was 15, implying potential capital gains of 178.81 percent. The lowest price target was 4, which equates to a potential downside of -25.65 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 16.67 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -163.89 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 3.19 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 2.13 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 2 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Also over the last month, 2 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

JCP has traded between a high of 11.30 and a low of 4.17 over the past year. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 29.02 percent, and 52.39 percent below the high. 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.