With 2012 just beginning, now's a great time to gauge how the stocks you're interested in are likely to do this year and beyond. By knowing what stock analysts and fellow investors expect from a stock, you'll be smarter about whether you should buy it for your portfolio -- or sell it if you already own it.
Today, let's take a look at Cheniere Energy
Forecasts on Cheniere Energy
|Median Target Stock Price||$16|
|2012 EPS Estimate||($1.60)|
|Expected Total Revenue Growth, 2011 to 2015||80%|
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||**|
Sources: Yahoo! Finance and S&P Capital IQ.
Will Cheniere Energy rise in 2012?
Analysts have some high hopes for Cheniere in the long run, with a target price that's almost 50% higher than the stock's current level. Yet they understand that the long-term projects that Cheniere is working on will take time to pan out, so they're projecting losses to persist for several years. Members of our Motley Fool CAPS community aren't very willing to wait, giving it a low two-star rating.
The future for Cheniere hinges on the expansion of its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas facility. Currently, Sabine Pass accepts LNG for import, but with natural gas prices near decade lows, the prospects for exporting LNG look much more favorable. The company has gotten a commitment from Chesapeake Energy
The other challenge will be making sure there's enough LNG demand to support the project going forward. With a rival project from EnCana
The next few years are likely to be difficult for Cheniere shareholders as they wait impatiently for progress reports. Eventually, though, the stock could deliver huge gains if everything goes right for Cheniere.
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