Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE:PSTG) Receives Consensus Rating of “Moderate Buy” from Brokerages

Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE:PSTGGet Rating) has been assigned an average rating of “Moderate Buy” from the twenty-four analysts that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, fifteen have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $35.71.

A number of brokerages have commented on PSTG. StockNews.com raised Pure Storage from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday. Cowen decreased their price objective on Pure Storage to $30.00 in a report on Friday, May 27th. UBS Group decreased their price objective on Pure Storage from $36.00 to $32.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday. Evercore ISI decreased their price objective on Pure Storage from $40.00 to $33.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, June 28th. Finally, Bank of America lowered Pure Storage from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $34.00 to $27.00 in a report on Friday, May 20th.

Hedge Funds Weigh In On Pure Storage

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. CWM LLC raised its position in shares of Pure Storage by 31.9% during the first quarter. CWM LLC now owns 1,813 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $64,000 after acquiring an additional 438 shares during the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. grew its stake in Pure Storage by 5.8% during the second quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 8,650 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $222,000 after purchasing an additional 471 shares during the period. Los Angeles Capital Management LLC grew its stake in Pure Storage by 5.7% during the first quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management LLC now owns 8,894 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $314,000 after purchasing an additional 477 shares during the period. Xponance Inc. grew its stake in Pure Storage by 1.8% during the fourth quarter. Xponance Inc. now owns 28,604 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $931,000 after purchasing an additional 505 shares during the period. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc grew its stake in Pure Storage by 4.5% during the fourth quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 11,894 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $387,000 after purchasing an additional 508 shares during the period. 80.13% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Pure Storage Trading Up 1.7 %

PSTG opened at $29.09 on Thursday. Pure Storage has a 1-year low of $18.75 and a 1-year high of $36.71. The stock’s fifty day simple moving average is $26.21 and its 200 day simple moving average is $27.97. The stock has a market cap of $8.61 billion, a PE ratio of -116.36 and a beta of 1.37.

Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTGGet Rating) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, June 1st. The technology company reported $0.01 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.23) by $0.24. Pure Storage had a positive return on equity of 4.26% and a negative net margin of 2.96%. The business had revenue of $620.41 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $521.81 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned ($0.22) EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 50.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that Pure Storage will post -0.14 earnings per share for the current year.

About Pure Storage

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Pure Storage, Inc provides data storage technologies, products, and services in the United States and internationally. The company's Purity software is shared across its products and provides enterprise-class data services, such as data reduction, data protection, and encryption, as well as storage protocols, including block, file, and object.

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