The Devil in the Details: Analysts Take Aim at Novanta Inc. (:NOVT)

Novanta Inc. (:NOVT) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 2. This number is based on the 2 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 59.

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Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $61 within the year. The ABR is provided by Zacks which simplfies analyst ratings into an integer based number. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating.
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Research analysts are predicting that Novanta Inc. (:NOVT) will report earnings of $0.52 per share when the firm issues their next quarterly report. This is the consensus earnings per share number according to data from Zack’s Research.

Novanta Inc. (:NOVT) closed the last session at $70.85 and sees an average of 112626.75 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $48.7 while the current level stands at 75.21% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved -0.9% over the past 12 weeks and 12.46% year to date.

Most recently Novanta Inc. (:NOVT) posted quarterly earnings of $0.61 which compared to the sell-side estimates of 0.51. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $2.03. Shares have moved $5.04 over the past month and more recently, $1.68 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 1 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

Investors will most likely be looking ahead to the next round of company earnings reports. As the reports come in, all eyes will be on the companies that post wide margin earnings beats or misses. Many investors will be closely tracking which way analyst estimates are being adjusted right before earnings. This may provide some insight on how good or bad the numbers for the quarter are likely to be. Investors might want to take a look at their holdings after the earnings reports to make sure that nothing extremely odd is occurring after crunching the numbers.

1 analysts rate Novanta Inc. a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 50% of all the analyst ratings.