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**ConocoPhillips (COP)**, currently valued at $60.26B, opened this morning at $48.13. Looking at today’s trading action, the company’s one day range from $47.50 to $49.20 with its 52-week range being $31.05 to $69.03.

**COP** shares are currently priced at -20.13x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s -4.01x forward p/e ratio. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.00 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.10%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 22 sell-side analysts are looking at $-1.05 per share, which would be $0.00 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.00 sequential increase. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $-2.39 is a $0.99 worse when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $7.22 Billion. If reported, that would be a 9.75% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Jefferies downgraded COP from Hold to Underperform (Apr 21, 2016). Previously, Scotia Howard Weil downgraded COP from Sector Outperform to Sector Perform. The average price target for COP shares by the analysts covering it is $46.29, which is 3.82% below where the stock opened.

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**Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)**, with a current value of $256.20B, opened this morning at $50.05. Shares have traded today between $50.05 and $50.66 per share with the price of the stock fluctuating between $44.50 to $58.77 over the last 52 weeks.

**WFC** shares are currently priced at 12.12x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 15.59x earnings multiple. The company pays shareholders $1.50 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 3.01%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 30 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $1.02 per share, which would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $4.13 is a $0.02 setback when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.25 Billion. If realized, that would be a 4.36% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Piper Jaffray downgraded WFC from Neutral to Underweight (Apr 15, 2016). Previously, Sandler O’Neill downgraded WFC from Buy to Hold. With the above information in mind, readers should note that the average price target is $55.10, which is 10.09% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)**, currently valued at $253.32B, started trading this morning at $50.55. Looking at the equity, the company’s one day range is $49.93 to $50.78 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $44.50 to $58.77 over the last 52 weeks.

Priced at 12.19x this year’s forecasted earnings, **WFC** shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 15.59x forward p/e ratio. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.50 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.07%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 31 sell-side analysts are looking at $1.02 per share, which would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $4.14 is a $0.01 worse when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.26 Billion. If realized, that would be a 4.41% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Piper Jaffray downgraded WFC from Neutral to Underweight (Apr 15, 2016). Previously, Sandler O’Neill downgraded WFC from Buy to Hold. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $55.10, which is 9.00% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**ConocoPhillips (COP)**, valued at $58.76B, opened at $46.79. During today’s session, COP traded between $46.09 to $47.64 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $31.05 to $69.03 over the last 52 weeks.

**COP** shares are currently priced at -21.79x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s -1.75x earnings multiple for the same period. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.00 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.29%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 17 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $-0.93 per share, which would be $0.00 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.00 sequential increase. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $-2.16 would be a $0.76 setback when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $7.70 Billion. If realized, that would be a 3.75% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Scotia Howard Weil downgraded COP from Sector Outperform to Sector Perform (Feb 5, 2016). Previously, Societe Generale downgraded COP from Buy to Hold. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $45.52, which is 2.71% below than it opened this morning.

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**Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)**, valued at $247.00B, began trading this morning at $47.97. During today’s session, WFC traded between $47.91 to $48.88 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $44.50 to $58.77 over the last 52 weeks.

**Wells Fargo (WFC)** shares are currently priced at 11.68x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 15.13x earnings multiple for the same period. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.50 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.11%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 30 sell-side analysts are looking at $1.02 per share, which would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.07 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $4.13 which would be a $0.02 setback than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.24 Billion. If realized, that would be a 4.32% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Piper Jaffray downgraded WFC from Neutral to Underweight (Apr 15, 2016). Previously, Sandler O’Neill downgraded WFC from Buy to Hold. With the above information in mind, readers should note that the average price target is $55.14, which is 14.95% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)**, with a current value of $248.70B, opened at $48.30. Today’s price range has been between $48.17 and $49.30 per share with its 52-week range being $44.50 to $58.77.

Priced at 11.73x this year’s forecasted earnings, **WFC** shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 14.91x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.50 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.19%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 31 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.97 per share, which would be $0.07 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $4.18 is a $0.03 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $21.60 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.50% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Sandler O’Neill downgraded WFC from Buy to Hold (Apr 11, 2016). Previously, Guggenheim downgraded WFC from Buy to Neutral. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $55.57, which is 15.05% above where the stock opened this morning.

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