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Trading recommendations from company analysts can offer a glimpse of what the experts think the future holds. Their 'buy', 'hold' and 'sell' ratings reflect their views about the likely future performance of the stocks they cover - and how the share prices will move as a result.
For investors, these kinds of 'smart money' signals can be a useful consideration when it comes to deciding whether to buy or sell a stock...
Take NCC (LON:NCC) as an example. Shares in the company have risen by 20.2% over the past month and they are currently trading at 221p. 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, NCC currently has:
4 Buy recommendations
1 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 NCC it's worth doing some investigation yourself. Indeed, we've identified some areas of concern with NCC that you can find out about here.