Here is how city analysts rate Whitbread
When it comes to researching shares, many investors take note of what city analysts have to say. The trading recommendations of these professionals are used by everyone from institutional fund managers to individual private investors. The reason is that these analysts know about the stocks they cover more than just about anybody else.
For investors, these kinds of recommendations can be a useful consideration - especially when you listen to the consensus view of all the analysts that cover a stock.
Take Whitbread (LON:WTB) as an example. Shares in the company have risen by 7.30% over the past month and they are currently trading at 2,748p. But what do the analysts that cover the company think?
Based on the broker 'consensus', there could be reasons to believe that the positive recent trend will continue. In terms of trading recommendations, Whitbread currently has:
4 Buy recommendations
5 Hold recommendations
1 Sell recommendations
This suggests that analysts are generally upbeat about the outlook.
At its current price of 2,748p, shares in Whitbread are trading at a discount of -20.7% to its 52 week high price. The 1-year performance of the shares has been -17.7%.
While analyst forecasts can be a useful guide to what City 'experts' think about a stock's near term future, they can be unreliable. To get a better idea about the strengths and weaknesses of Whitbread it's worth doing some investigation yourself. Indeed, we've identified some areas of concern with Whitbread that you can find out about here.