The Hype Behind Rice Energy Inc. (RICE), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE) shares were trading higher by 0.65 percent ($0.18) at $27.87 a piece in Thursday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $27.69. RICE trades with a P/S ratio of 4.71. 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 30.93. Shares of RICE have uptrended 2.31% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved 4.39% in that time. Rice Energy Inc. (RICE) has a market cap of $6 billion and over the last 12 months, Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE) has gone stronger by 11.35%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NYSE:RICE) price has been as high as $29.55 and as low as $18.3. Rice Energy Inc. earnings have risen with an annualized rate of 29.94% over the last 5 years.

Rice Energy Inc. (Mean Target Price: $27.92)

The average 1-year price target for Rice Energy Inc. (RICE) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $27.92/share. That’s a potential 0.18 increase relative to where Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $27.45 and $27.91. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $26. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $30.

Rice Energy Inc. (RICE) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 2.8 for Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 20 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track RICE 17 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 3, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy Rice Energy Inc. versus those who think you should sell it. A 3 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while0 believe that investors should either steer clear of RICE or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) Cheap From Peers?

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) pulled off a 0.64 percent gain and now trades for $81.27. LOW comes in with a P/S ratio of 1.01 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 15.78 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 22.91. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $86.25 and as low as $64.87. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) earnings have risen with a quarterly rate of 5.3% over the last 5 years. Shares of LOW have increased 10.06% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has gained 0.94% in that time.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (Price Objective: $85)

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has a market cap of $68.35 billion and over the last 12 months, LOW has risen by 16.78%. The average 1-year price target for (LOW) reveals an average price target of $85 per share. That’s a potential 4.59 gain from where (NYSE:LOW) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $69. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $100.

Analyst Thoughts About Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 30 analysts — of 2.3 for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) points to moderate case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track Lowe’s Companies, Inc. 12 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 18 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 17 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 1 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NYSE:LOW) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.