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 Energy Transfer Partners
Forecasts on Energy Transfer Partners
|Median Target Stock Price||$49|
|2011 EPS Estimate||$1.57|
|2012 EPS Estimate||$2.45|
|Expected Annual Earnings Growth, Next 5 Years||19%|
Source: Yahoo! Finance.
Will Energy Transfer Partners rise in 2012?
Analysts are giving mixed messages about Energy Transfer Partners. On one hand, their target price of the stock is less than $2 above the current share price. However, they still expect huge earnings growth for the company in 2012. Motley Fool CAPS members weigh in on the optimistic side, giving the company their top rating of five out of five stars.
One challenge the whole industry faces is that the natural gas market can't seem to catch a break. Both Range Resources
Price weakness doesn't directly translate to problems for Energy Transfer Partners, though. The company has an agreement with ExxonMobil
If natural gas will ever stabilize, then Energy Transfer Partners could profit in a big way from the increased demand. For now, though, the company may need to tread water in an ultra-competitive market in order to hold its own.
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