Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report earnings of 56 cents per share for 2011 third quarter ending Feb., compared to earnings of 48 cents per share and 92 cents per share reported in the year-ago and quarter-ago periods, respectively. Earnings per share are forecast at $2.58 for fiscal 2011 and $2.70 for fiscal 2012, up from earnings of $2.24 per share reported for fiscal 2010.
The stock received 82% buy ratings from 18 of the 22 analysts covering the stock, while 4 analysts rated a hold. In comparison, Kraft Foods, Kellogg, and ConAgra Foods (CAG) have buy ratings of 67%, 65% and 33%, respectively.Data from Bloomberg has analysts forecasting an average price target of $40.2, up 12% from the current level. The stock is trading at a forward price-to-earnings multiple of 14.5.