Can Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) And Nielsen Holdings plc (NLSN) Power Ahead?

78.57% of Wall Street brokerage firms rate Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) as a Buy, while 0% out of others covering the stock see it as a Sell. The rest 21.43% describe it as a Hold. EA stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $83.88. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $79.5. Analysts have set EA’s consensus price at $125.48, effectively giving it a 49.59% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $154 (up 83.6% from current price levels). EA has a 20.1% ROE, higher than the 15.39% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 14.15%.

It is expected that in Dec 2018 quarter EA will have an EPS of $1.77, while that of Mar 2019 is projected at $1.44. It means that there could be a -14.08% and 27.43% growth in the two quarters respectively. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 12.5% to about $3.87. As for the coming year, growth will be about 13.44%, lifting earnings to $4.39. RSI after the last trading period was 38.31. EA recorded a change of -2.35% over the past week and returned -25.9% over the last three months while the EA stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -9.5%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at -20.16%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -38.73% while the shares have moved -18.86% for the past 12 months.

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) currently trades at $83.88, which is higher by 3.33% its previous price. It has a total of 310.47 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 3.28. The company’s stock volume rose to 5.69 million, better than 4.89 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -2.35% in its price means EA is now -20.16% lower on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43356.12 since its $151.26 52-week high price recorded on 13th of July 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -18.86 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $3.45999999999999 above the 52 week low of $80.42 set on 6th of December 2018.

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA)’s EPS was $0.86 as reported for the September quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.65. That means that its growth in general now stands at 32%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.58 given by the analysts brought a positive surprise of 48%. EA Sep 18 quarter revenue was $1.22 billion, compared to $1.18 billion recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 4% growth rate. The company’s $0.04 billion revenue growth that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) shares appreciated 0.44% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to 4.21%. EA’s price now at $27.2 is greater than the 50-day average of $26.46. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $28.95 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 353.48 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 354.72 million. The company’s management holds a total of 0.3%, while institutional investors hold about 0% of the remaining shares. EA share price finished last trade 3.72% above its 20 day simple moving average and its downbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is -6.14%, while closing the session with 2.8% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Nielsen Holdings plc (NLSN) shares were last observed trading -30.7% down since February 01, 2018 when the peak of $39.25 was hit. Last month’s price growth of 1.64% puts NLSN performance for the year now at -25.27%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 32.49%, a 52-week worst price since Jul. 26, 2018. However, it is losing value with -12.12% in the last 6 months. From a technical perspective, it appears more likely that the stock will experience a Bull Run market as a result of the strong support seen recently between $26.24 and $26.72. The immediate resistance area is now $27.44 Williams’s%R (14) for NLSN moved to 34.03 while the stochastic%K points at 63.87.

NLSN’s beta is 0.84; meaning investors could reap lower returns, although it also poses lower risks. The company allocated $1.19 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $1.6 billion, which was -2% versus $1.64 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Sep 18 quarter came in at $0.27 compared to $0.57 in the year-ago quarter and had represented -53% year-over-year earnings per share growth. NLSN’s ROA is 1.9%, lower than the 5.19% industry average. Although a more robust percentage would be better, consideration is given to how well peers within the industry performed. Companies within the sector had an ROA of 7.15%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) are around $0.51 per share in three months through December with $0.42 also the estimate for March quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at -28.17% and 68%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be -7.58%, the target being $1.95 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to 3.59%, more likely to see it hit the $2.02 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 4.9%. NLSN ranks lower in comparison to an average of 8.48% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 13.96%.