2 Stocks For Surefire Gains: Johnson Controls International plc (JCI), The Hershey Company (HSY)

3 analysts out of 12 Wall Street brokerage firms rate Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE:JCI) as a Buy, while 2 see it as a Sell. The rest 7 describe it as a Hold. JCI stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $36.27. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $35.85. Analysts have set JCI’s consensus price at $37.18, effectively giving it a 3.25% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $42 (up 16.63% from current price levels).

It is expected that in Mar 2019 quarter JCI will have an EPS of $0.31, suggesting a -41.51% growth. For Jun 2019 is projected at $0.59. It means that there could be a -27.16% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by -36.04% to about $1.81. As for the coming year, growth will be about 37.57%, lifting earnings to $2.49. RSI after the last trading period was 65.99. JCI recorded a change of 0.95% over the past week and returned 11.73% over the last three months while the JCI stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of 4.05%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at 21.45%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -4.23% while the shares have moved -7.38% for the past 12 months.

Johnson Controls International plc (JCI) currently trades at $36.01, which is lower by -0.72% its previous price. It has a total of 921.6 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 0.52. The company’s stock volume dropped to 3.14 million, worse than 4.92 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day increase of about 0.95% in its price means JCI is now 21.45% higher on year-to-date. The shares had marked a $40.33 52-week high price and the 52 week low of $28.30. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -7.38 over the last 12 months.

Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE:JCI)’s EPS was $0.26 as reported for the December quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.54. That means that its growth in general now stands at -52%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.24 given by the analysts brought a positive surprise of 8%. JCI Dec 19 quarter revenue was $5.46 billion, compared to $7.44 billion recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a -27% growth rate. The company’s $-1.98 billion revenue decline that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) shares depreciated -0.36% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to -1.38%. The general public currently hold control of a total of 0 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 209.81 million. The company’s management holds a total of 0.4%, while institutional investors hold about 77% of the remaining shares. HSY share price finished last trade -0.11% below its 20 day simple moving average and its upbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is 7.54%, while closing the session with 2.07% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Estimated quarterly earnings for The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) are around $1.48 per share in three months through March with $1.16 also the estimate for June quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at 4.96% and 1.75%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be 5.6%, the target being $5.66 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to 5.3%, more likely to see it hit the $5.96 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 15.1%. HSY ranks higher in comparison to an average of 8% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 11.21%.