Analysts Conflicted on These Financial Names: BBX Capital Corporation (BBX) and Saul Centers (BFS)


Companies in the Financial sector have received a lot of coverage today as analysts weigh in on BBX Capital Corporation (BBX) and Saul Centers (BFS).

BBX Capital Corporation (BBX)

In a report released today, Mike Crawford from B.Riley FBR maintained a Buy rating on BBX Capital Corporation, with a price target of $13.50. The company’s shares opened today at $6.30.

According to TipRanks.com, Crawford is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 8.0% and a 58.1% success rate. Crawford covers the Consumer Goods sector, focusing on stocks such as Kratos Defense, Silicon Motion, and Ducommun Inc.

BBX Capital Corporation has an analyst consensus of Moderate Buy, with a price target consensus of $13.50.

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Saul Centers (BFS)

In a report released today, Craig Kucera from B.Riley FBR reiterated a Hold rating on Saul Centers, with a price target of $58. The company’s shares opened today at $56.77.

Kucera said:

“We are reducing our earnings estimates on Neutral-rated Saul Centers, Inc. (BFS) after 4Q18 results which were $0.03 light of expectations, with our 2019E FFO declining from $3.41 to $3.27, while we are establishing a 2020 FFO of $3.40. BFS owns a portfolio of high-quality (class A) community and neighborhood shopping centers and office/mixed-use assets located predominantly in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (inclusive of suburban Virginia and Maryland), as well as in the Baltimore MSA. While growth in D.C. has been slower than in many other markets in recent years, we anticipate improving fundamentals which BFS should be able to take advantage of, and SS NOI growth in 2H18 reverted from a contraction earlier in the year to 2%+, a trend we anticipate to continue given leasing gains achieved in 2H18.”

According to TipRanks.com, Kucera is a 4-star analyst with an average return of 5.2% and a 65.9% success rate. Kucera covers the Financial sector, focusing on stocks such as NexPoint Residential Trust Inc, Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co, and National Retail Properties.

The the analyst consensus on Saul Centers is currently a Hold rating.

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