Just How Positive is Credit Agricole on Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) Following Their Upgrade?

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Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) Stock Upgrade

In a very recent research note disseminated on Thursday morning, Credit Agricole announced that they have decided to upgrade shares of Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) stock from a “Underperform” to a “Outperform”.

From a total of 6 analysts covering Sanderson Farms Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) stock, 2 rate it a ”Buy”, 1 a “Sell”, and 5 a ”Hold”. This means that 25% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $95 while the lowest target price is $69. The mean of all analyst targets is $79.25 with a 1.31% above today’s ($75.51) stock price. Sanderson Farms Inc. was the topic of 4 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Sidoti downgraded shares on November 20 to “Neutral” rating.

Approximately 349,011 shares of stock traded hands or 9.89% up from the average. Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) has declined 5.94% since April 30, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 5.65% the S&P500.

Analysts await Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) to reports earnings on December, 17. They expect $2.00 earnings per share, down 50.50% or $2.04 from last year’s $4.04 per share. SAFM’s profit will be $44.76 million for 9.44 P/E if the $2.00 EPS becomes reality. After $2.27 actual earnings per share reported by Sanderson Farms, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.89% negative EPS growth.

Sanderson Farms, Inc. is a poultry processing firm which is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared chicken items. The company has a market cap of $1.69 billion. In addition, the Company is engaged in the processing, marketing and distribution of prepared chicken through its wholly owned subsidiary, Sanderson Farms, Inc. . It has 6.1 P/E ratio. It produces a range of processed chicken products and prepared chicken items.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Snderson Farms Inc. is a fully-integrated poultry processing company engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken products. The company sells ice pack, chill pack and frozen chicken, in whole, cut-up and boneless form, primarily under the Sanderson Farms7 brand name to retailers, distributors, and fast food operators principally in the southeastern, southwestern and western United States.” Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM).

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