AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL) a Hold: UBS

In a research note issued to investors, Eric Sheridan at UBS Downgraded AOL, Inc. (NASDAQ:AOL) to a Hold. The analyst placed a $50.00 price target on the stock which indicates a 1.09% downside to the last closing price. In the year following Sheridan’s ratings, the stocks covered yield an average return of 15.2% according to TipRanks.com. In the past year 58 out of 83 recommendations or 70% were successful.

Wall Street sell-side analysts have placed a $49.3 one year price target on AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL). This is the consensus average based on 10 firms who have recently issued reports on the equity.

The average recommendation is the arithmetical average of the individual analyst ratings contributed by sell-side research to produce a Consensus Analyst Rating for each stock. On a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 represents a Strong Sell,AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) is ranked 3.18 based on 10 broker recommendations. Of the 10 analyst estimates, the most bullish sees the stock reaching $67 within the next 12 months while the most bearish analyst sees the stock at $41 within the year.

Taking a look at the long term growth prospects of the stock, sell-side analysts have a consensus mean earnings per share estimate for the current year of $1.75. The high end estimate for this time frame is $1.87 with the low being $1.63.

According to analysts, AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) is expected to report earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter of $0.26. This is the consensus mean estimate based on the individual covering sell-side firm’s reported numbers. The company last reported earnings for the period ending on 2015-03-31 of $0.23.

AOL Inc. (AOL) is a global Web services company with a range of brands and offerings, and a global audience. The Company’s business spans online content, products and services, which it offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. Its business operations are focused on AOL Properties and Third Party Network. AOL Properties include its owned and operated content, products and services in the Content, Local, Paid Services and Consumer Applications strategy areas in addition to its AOL Ventures offerings. AOL Properties also include co-branded Websites owned by third parties. It generates advertising revenues from AOL Properties through the sale of display advertising and search and contextual advertising. It offers a range of display advertising, including text and banner advertising, mobile, video and rich media advertising, sponsorship of content offerings, and local and classified advertising. In September 2013, AOL Inc completed its acquisition of Adap.tv, Inc.