The Bottom Line on Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD), Paychex, Inc. (PAYX)

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) shares were trading higher by 0.76 percent ($0.09) at $11.9 a piece in Thursday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $11.81. BRCD trades with a P/S ratio of 2.13. This is lower than the both industry’s 133.61 and the wider sector’s 13.99. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 16.93 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 160.81. Shares of BRCD have downtrended -5.78% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved -8.02% in that time. Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD) has a market cap of $4.99 billion and over the last 12 months, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) has gone stronger by 35.69%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NASDAQ:BRCD) price has been as high as $12.72 and as low as $8.64. Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. earnings have risen with an annualized rate of 38.2% over the last 5 years.

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Mean Target Price: $12.83)

The average 1-year price target for Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $12.83/share. That’s a potential 7.82 increase relative to where Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $11.78 and $12.02. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $12.75. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $13.

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 3 for Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 5 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track BRCD 5 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 0, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. versus those who think you should sell it. A 0 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while0 believe that investors should either steer clear of BRCD or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) Cheap From Peers?

Paychex, Inc. (PAYX) pulled off a 0.76 percent gain and now trades for $63.51. PAYX comes in with a P/S ratio of 7.24 that’s greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (13.99) and its peers (133.61). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 24.77 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 27.77. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $64.75 and as low as $52.78. Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) earnings have risen with a quarterly rate of 7.2% over the last 5 years. Shares of PAYX have increased 11.03% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has gained 5.4% in that time.

Paychex, Inc. (Price Objective: $60.83)

Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) has a market cap of $23.04 billion and over the last 12 months, PAYX has risen by 12.77%. The average 1-year price target for (PAYX) reveals an average price target of $60.83 per share. That’s a potential -4.22 fall from where (NASDAQ:PAYX) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $50. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $68.

Analyst Thoughts About Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 19 analysts — of 3.1 for Paychex, Inc. (PAYX) points to bearish case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track Paychex, Inc. 14 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 5 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 2 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 3 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NASDAQ:PAYX) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.