Investors Focusing on Shares of Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL) as Company Makes Headlines With Moves

Major market players are buzzing over Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL) as their share price hit $25.66 at the end of the most recent trading session.

Market capitalization is the total dollar market value of a company’s shares.  It is calculated by multiplying a company’s shares outstanding by the current market price of one share.  Investors use this figure to figure out a company’s size, as opposed to just using total asset or sales figures.  Market capitalization is important because company size is a basic indicator of multiple characteristics in which investors are interested in, including risk.  It is easy to calculate.  For example, a company with 40 million shares selling at $100 a share would have a market cap of $4 billion.  Companies are ranked according to their market caps, ranking them as large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap.  Large-cap companies usually have a market capitalization of $10 billion and up.  These large-cap companies have typically been around for a long period of time, and they are usually major players in well-established industries.  Mid-cap companies have a market capitalization of $2 billion - $10 billion.  Mid-cap companies operate in industries expected to experience rapid growth.  Companies that have a market capitalization $300 million - $2 billion are classified as small-cap companies.  These companies are usually young in age and they could serve new industries as well as niche markets.  Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL)’s market cap is $12396.83.

Average Volume is the amount of securities traded in a day on average over a specific time period.  Trading activity relates to the liquidity of a security.  When average volume is high, the stock has high liquidity and can be therefore easily traded, while conversely, when the trading volume is low, the commodity will be less expensive as traders are not as willing to purchase it.  Average volume has an effect on the price of the security.  Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL) has experienced an average volume of 4533188.

The mathematical calculation that represents the degree of change over time is known as “percentage change”.  In finance, it serves many purposes, and is often used to represent the price change of a commodity.

Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL)’s Price Change % over the last week is -16.42%.  It’s % Price Change over the previous month is -18.15% and previous three months is -28.38%.  Finally, looking back over the past year-to-date, Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL)’s Price Change % is -11.94%.

Outstanding shares are common stock authorized by a company that are issued, purchased, and held by investors.  Outstanding shares include restricted shares owned by the company’s employees and officers as well as the public.  “Capital Stock” is the number of outstanding shares listed on a company’s balance sheet and is reported with the company’s quarterly filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.  Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL)’s shares outstanding are 483.12.

Any given stock may have anywhere between 1 to 40 brokerage analysts making EPS estimates as they follow the company.  Zacks have been tracking these sell-side analyst estimates for more than 25 years, creating consensus EPS estimates.  These estimates are the average of all of the current estimates that are made available by brokerage analysts.  Consensus estimates are better because they reduce the risk of any single analyst making an incorrect forecast.  In the case of Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL), Zacks tracked 20 brokers to create the consensus EPS estimate.

Zacks calculates consensus estimates for the current quarter, the following quarter, the current fiscal year, the following fiscal year, and also a long-term growth rate.  A company can “Meet” the same earnings as forecast, “Beat” the earnings than forecast, or “Miss” (fall below) the earnings than forecast.  Missing a forecast, of course, is the worst outcome, as it indicates that the company is not performing as well as investors thought. A “Miss” often causes the share price to fall.

Zacks tracked 11 analysts to create a quarterly consensus estimate of 0.24 for Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL). 

Zacks tracked [13 analysts to create a consensus of 0.16 for the last completed fiscal quarter for Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL).

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