Investors hope SVB Financial (Nasdaq: SIVB) will top analyst estimates once again after beating predictions by 27 cents in the previous quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, July 21. SVB Financial Group is a financial services company, as well as a bank holding company and financial holding company. Through its various subsidiaries and divisions, it offers a variety of banking and financial products and services.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on SVB Financial Group with eight of 15 analysts rating it hold. Analysts like SVB Financial better than competitor City National overall. Four out of 21 analysts rate City National a buy compared to seven of 15 for SVB Financial. Analysts still rate the stock a hold, but they are a bit more wary about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $182.9 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 24.8% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of 70 cents per share. Estimates range from 56 cents to 78 cents.

What our community says:
The majority of CAPS All Stars see SVB as a good bet, with 65.5% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The majority of the Fools are in agreement with the All Stars as 65.6% give it an "outperform" rating. Fools are keen on SVB Financial Group, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 19 posts in the past 30 days. SVB Financial Group's bearish CAPS rating of two out of five stars falls short of the Fool community sentiment.

SVB Financial Group's profit has risen year over year by an average of 51.2%. Let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows net margins over the past four quarters. 

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
Net Margin 14.7% 9.2% 18.6% 13.5%

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