Analysts Say Buy These Stocks: Amsurg Corp. (NASDAQ:AMSG), Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI), EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:ELNK), Points International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:PCOM)

Wall Street analysts are maintaining Buy rating on Amsurg Corp. (NASDAQ:AMSG) company shares.  The one year target on the name currently stands at $90.69.  The stock recently touched $71.70 and has moved in the range of $70.43 - 71.76 during the current session.  Based on a recent bid this places the stock +32.51% away from the 52-week floor of $54.11 and -17.98% away from the 52-week ceiling of $87.42.

When stocks are given “Buy” ratings by analysts, the reasons or criteria for that recommendation can greatly vary.  Typically when a stock is given this label, analysts are expecting that the stock will outperform their peers, their sector or the market over a 6 to 12 month time frame. Several factors might include near-term catalysts, future earnings growth.  Many analysts only give a Buy recommendation when they expect that the stock will yield a return of at least 5-10% over the course of a year.  Since analyst criteria and recommendation terminology can differ, we can look at consensus numbers to get a feel of overall analyst sentiment.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI) has been given a consensus Buy rating by analysts on Wall Street. According to Thomson Reuters' First Call, research brokers have a one year price target of $38.3300 on the stock. The stock is currently trading +1.9000% away from its 200-day moving average of $30.6574. Based on a recent trade, shares of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. are -12.9565% away from the 52-week high of $35.8900 and +29.9497% away from the 52-week low of $24.0400.

Analysts are estimating that the company will report earnings of $3.3000 for the current year and $0.6400 for next quarter. The stock closed the most recent trading session at $31.7500.

Shares of EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:ELNK) continue to be viewed favorably by equities brokerage firms on Wall Street.  The First Call consensus which is calculated by Thomson Reuters has a $8.900 price target and Buy rating according to the covering analysts.  During today’s session the stock hit $5.805 or -0.258% from the previous close, while moving in the range of $5.680 - 5.860.

Shares of Points International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:PCOM) continue to be viewed favorably by equities brokerage firms on Wall Street.  The First Call consensus which is calculated by Thomson Reuters has a $15.38 price target according to the covering analysts.  During today’s session the stock hit $7.64 or +2.09% from the previous close, while moving in the range of $7.57 - 7.80.  This puts the stock -47.26% away from the 52-week high of $14.79 and +16.42% away from the 52-week low of $6.70.

Exact definitions of a “Buy” rating can greatly vary depending on the equity research firm.  The consensus rating simply provides an average of those recommendations.  It's important to note that a “Buy” rating does not mean that every investor should acquire the stock. It is just a single factor among many that should be considered before making an investment decision.

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