NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Accenture (ACN) - Get Report are slightly lower in late morning trading today, down 0.19% to $89.24, ahead of the company's second quarter fiscal 2015 results expected before the opening bell tomorrow.
The consensus estimate calls for the management consulting, technology and outsourcing services company to report earnings of $1.07 a share on revenue of $7.38 billion.
In the second quarter of last year the company posted earnings of $1.03 a share, a penny below the consensus estimate for earnings of $1.04 a share, according to analysts polled by Reuters. Revenue totaled $7.13 billion, below analysts' estimates of $7.21 billion.
In the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Accenture's earnings of $1.29 beat estimates of $1.20. Revenue totaled $7.89 billion, above estimates of $7.69 billion.
The average recommendation of 24 brokers' estimates on the stock is 2.4, with a 2 representing an "outperform" rating and 3 a "hold," according to Reuters. The mean price target is $92.92.
"Accenture is steadily gaining traction in its outsourcing business primarily backed by a rise in demand for technology to improve operating efficiencies and save costs," Zacks Equity Research said.
"Furthermore, considering the growing need for digital marketing, we commend Accenture's efforts to enhance its digital marketing capabilities through acquisitions which should positively impact second-quarter results," Zacks added.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ACCENTURE PLC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate ACCENTURE PLC (ACN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: ACN Ratings Report