Sell-side analysts are expecting EPS growth of 3.77% for Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON) for the year. Analysts are expecting an EPS change of 39.80% for the current year.

Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have a current recommendation of 2.70 on a consensus basis for the stock. The same analysts see shares reaching $59.80 within the next year on a consensus basis.Investors are constantly hunting for bargains when picking stocks. There may be times when a particular stock might be flying under the radar, but is usually only a matter of time before someone catches on. Investors might be widening their stock focus to find these undervalued names. This may include small caps, foreign stocks, or stocks that just haven’t become household names. Expanding the scope of interest may help the investor discover areas of future opportunity. Although there are plenty of investors who will stick to the solid, historically steady stocks, there are plenty more that are searching for that next big winner that will give the portfolio a big bump.

RECENT PERFORMANCE

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON)’s stock was 17.32%.  Over the last week of the month, it was -0.64%, 5.91% over the last quarter, and  9.91% for the past six months.

Over the past 50 days, Sonoco Products Company stock’s -3.31% off of the high and 5.91% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.  -3.31% (High), 23.92%, (Low). 

Fundamental analysis examines the financial elements of a company, for example; sales, cash flow, profit and balance sheet.  These numbers are then crunched to create theoretical valuations of companies. 

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the earnings made by a company divided by their number of shares.  EPS enables the earnings of a company to easily be compared to their competitors. The higher the number, the more profit per dollar is being made on investor capital.  Sonoco Products Company’s EPS for the trailing 12 months is 3.14.  Their EPS should be compared to other companies in the Consumer Goods sector.

Price-to-Earnings Ratio is the current share price divided by annual earnings per share.  P/E provides a number that details how many years of earnings it will take a stock to recoup the value of one share at current price levels.  Easy to calculate and understand, P/E is an extremely common ratio that is used to compare valuations of stocks against each other relatively.  Sonoco Products Company’s  P/E ratio is 19.88. 

Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 48.68.  RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.

Even extremely solid stocks can sometimes face setbacks. There is no shortage of news regarding publically traded companies, and investors often have the tricky job of deciding what information is worth taking a closer look at. Making trading decisions based on one piece of data may not be the optimal course of action. When there is negative information about a company, investors may be quick to sell without looking deeper into the numbers. On the flip side, investors may be super quick to buy on good news without fully researching the stock.