Reaffirmed: Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) Buy Rating Has Been Maintained by Argus; $166 Target in Place

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Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) Rating Reaffirmed

Recently, In an analyst note made public on Monday morning, Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) shares have had their Buy Rating has decided to reaffirm by stock research analysts at Argus, who currently has a $166 target PPS on company. This target by Argus would indicate the possibile upside of 17.61% from the current price.

From a total of 8 analysts covering Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) stock, 6 rate it a ”Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 2 a ”Hold”. This means that 75% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $280 while the lowest target price is $130. The mean of all analyst targets is $162.63 with a 15.38% above today’s ($140.95) stock price. Constellation Brands was the topic of 13 analyst reports since August 27, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Cowen & Co upgraded shares on November 23 to “Outperform” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained STZ stock in a recent report from October 8 with “Outperform” rating. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in a report issued on an August 27.

Approximately 751,968 shares of stock traded hands. Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) has risen 23.31% since May 4, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 24.39% the S&P500.

Analysts await Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) to reports earnings on January, 14. They expect $1.28 EPS, up 4.07% or $0.05 from last year’s $1.23 per share. STZ’s profit will be $255.46M for 27.53 P/E if the $1.28 EPS becomes reality. After $1.56 actual EPS reported by Constellation Brands, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -17.95% negative EPS growth.

The overall sentiment of institutions has increased to 1.32 in Q2 2015. Its up 0.35, from 0.97 in 2015Q2. The ratio is positive, as 42 institutions have sold all the shares of Constellation Brands, Inc. that they owned while 189 funds have taken shares off the table. 75 funds have purchased shares for the first time while 231 added to their positions. These institutions now hold 159.75 million shares or 9.24% more than the 146.23 million shares they owned in 2015Q2.

The Fund Kensico Capital Management Corp currently is holding shares equating to 17.51% of its total portfolio in Constellation Brands, Inc. representing a total of 6.63 million shares. Another fund,Raveneur Investment Group Lp, is holding a total of 303,399 shares equating to 12.84% of their holdings. Additionally, Suvretta Capital Management Llc has a 824,318 share stake in Constellation Brands, Inc. which represents 10.94% of their total portfolio. The Fund, Freshford Capital Management Llc, based out of New York, has also built up a stake in the stock, which represents a total of 8.42% of their total portfolio. Finally Highline Capital Management Llc, a fund which is based in the state of New York reported a total holdings of 1.28 million shares.

Insider activity is a very important aspect to track on any stock. Going back to May 5, 2015, shareholders of Constellation Brands, Inc. have witnessed 0 insider buys, and a total of 7 selling transactions equating to a net activity of approximately $96.18 million . Sands Richard sold 184,187 shares worth approximately $25.09 million. Sands Robert sold 156,730 shares worth approximately $21.34 million. Stern Zachary M sold 105,492 shares worth approximately $14.46 million. Bennett Abigail J sold 102,403 shares worth approximately $14.03M. The company insider Hetterich F Paul sold 96,427 shares worth $12.97M.

Constellation Brands, Inc. is an international beverage alcohol company. The company has a market cap of $28.13 billion. The Company’s operating divisions include Beer, Wine and Spirits and Corporate Operations and Other. It has 32.56 P/E ratio. The Company’s wine portfolio is complemented by select spirits brands and other select beverage alcohol products.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Constellation Brands, Inc. is a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands, with a broad portfolio across the wine, spirits and imported beer categories. The Company is the largest multi-category supplier of beverage alcohol in the United States; a leading producer and exporter of wine from Australia and New Zealand; and both a major producer and independent drinks wholesaler in the United Kingdom. Well-known brands in Constellation’s portfolio include: Corona Extra, Pacifico, St. Pauli Girl, Black Velvet, and Fleischmann’s.” Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ).

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