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Broker recommendations can be a useful early clue in the hunt for stocks to add to your portfolio. These city analysts know the companies they cover better than most, so their views on whether to buy or sell them are worth considering. And when it comes to an individual stock, what's even more useful is to explore the overall consensus view of all the analysts that cover it...
Take Genus (LON:GNS) as an example. Shares in the company have risen by 14.6% over the past month and they are currently trading at 2,608p. 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, Genus currently has:
3 Buy recommendations
3 Hold recommendations
0 Sell recommendations
This suggests that analysts are generally upbeat about the outlook.
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 Genus it's worth doing some investigation yourself. Indeed, we've identified some areas of concern with Genus that you can find out about here.