When it comes to valuing stocks, you are going to see both ratings and target prices. Both of these can provide you with some value but you need to think about which one is more appropriate for your situation. Here are the basics of stock ratings and target prices and how they compare to one another.


In almost every financial publication that you see, you will find stock ratings. These ratings are provided by in-house experts of the financial publications. These experts are typically good at analyzing the potential of stocks. They will use some type of rating system such as stars or a number scale. They might also issue a recommendation to buy or sell. Many investors prefer these ratings to other methods of research.

The good thing about stock ratings is that they are very simple. You are not going to have to worry about any complicated information when looking at these ratings. You will simply be able to see whether the expert recommends to buy or sell. If you are a beginning investor, you might appreciate such simplicity in your information.

The big drawback with ratings is that they are not suitable for every investor. The expert is looking at things from their point of view. When they recommend that a particular stock should be bought, you might already have bought that stock months ago. This recommendation is not going to do you any good. You might want to sell your stock when everyone else is buying.

Target Prices

Another common piece of information that is distributed by stock analysts is the target price. A target price is a price that the analyst believes that a particular stock is going to get to at some point. For example, they will say that "XYZ Corporation should get to $15.00 by the end of the year." Target prices give you some concrete information when it comes to making decisions about your stocks.

The big advantage of target prices is that you can apply the information to your situation regardless of where you are as an investor. If you know that a stock is going to get to $15 by the end of the year, you can actually use this information. You know how much you paid for the stock, and you know how much you want to make off of it. Therefore, you will be able to make your own investment decisions based on this information. It will also give you something to shoot for if you do not know when to cash in your stock and take profit.

The downside to target prices is that they may not be accurate. You are simply looking at an estimation by one of the many stock analysts that is out there. In order to get this target price, that individual have to make assumptions about the company. Therefore, it may be better for you to look at several different target prices and average them out to get a more accurate value.

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