Will This Price Target Increase Help FedEx (FDX) Stock Today?

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Credit Suisse (CS) increased its price target for FedEx (FDX) to $162 from $156 Tuesday, reiterating its "neutral" rating for the stock.

Shares of FedEx fell 0.3% to $153.57 in morning trading.

The analyst firm also raised its EPS estimates for the delivery company through 2017. Credit Suisse increased its EPS estimates for full year 2015 to $8.86 a share from its previous estimate of $8.74 a share. The analyst firm now expects FedEx to report earnings of $10.67 a share for 2016 and $12.24 a share for 2017, up from $10.64 and $12.15, respectively.

Credit Suisse analyst A. Landry cited "a more favorable fuel price backdrop than we initially anticipated, and to a lesser extent, what appears to be a pick-up in the international airfreight market" as reasons for the EPS increases.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FEDEX CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FEDEX CORP (FDX) 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 158.94% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 38.34% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, FDX should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • FEDEX CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, FEDEX CORP increased its bottom line by earning $6.79 versus $4.92 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.80 versus $6.79).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Air Freight & Logistics industry. The net income increased by 140.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $303.00 million to $730.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 4.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.31, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, FDX has a quick ratio of 1.58, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FDX Ratings Report

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