We Did The Math QCLN Can Go To $17

Looking at the underlying holdings of the ETFs in our coverage universe at ETF Channel, we have compared the trading price of each holding against the average analyst 12-month forward target price, and computed the weighted average implied analyst target price for the ETF itself. For the First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund ETF (QCLN), we found that the implied analyst target price for the ETF based upon its underlying holdings is $17.02 per unit.

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With QCLN trading at a recent price near $15.50 per unit, that means that analysts see 9.82% upside for this ETF looking through to the average analyst targets of the underlying holdings. Three of QCLN's underlying holdings with notable upside to their analyst target prices are EnerNOC Inc ( ENOC), Renewable Energy Group, Inc. ( REGI), and Pacific Ethanol Inc ( PEIX). Although ENOC has traded at a recent price of $6.30/share, the average analyst target is 82.54% higher at $11.50/share. Similarly, REGI has 33.33% upside from the recent share price of $9.75 if the average analyst target price of $13.00/share is reached, and analysts on average are expecting PEIX to reach a target price of $10.00/share, which is 17.65% above the recent price of $8.50. Below is a twelve month price history chart comparing the stock performance of ENOC, REGI, and PEIX:

ENOC, REGI, and PEIX Relative Performance Chart

Below is a summary table of the current analyst target prices discussed above:

Name Symbol Recent Price Avg. Analyst 12-Mo. Target % Upside to Target
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund ETF QCLN $15.50 $17.02 9.82%
EnerNOC Inc ENOC $6.30 $11.50 82.54%
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. REGI $9.75 $13.00 33.33%
Pacific Ethanol Inc PEIX $8.50 $10.00 17.65%

Are analysts justified in these targets, or overly optimistic about where these stocks will be trading 12 months from now? Do the analysts have a valid justification for their targets, or are they behind the curve on recent company and industry developments? A high price target relative to a stock's trading price can reflect optimism about the future, but can also be a precursor to target price downgrades if the targets were a relic of the past. These are questions that require further investor research.

The average analyst target price data upon which this article was based, is courtesy of data provided by Zacks Investment Research via Quandl.com.
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