Change in Consensus Recommendation 3m

What is the definition of Change in Cons. Rec. 3m?

This is the change in the consensus recommendation over the last month. The value is defined using the rather unintuitive number based system from Thomson Reuters where 1= strong buy, and 5 = strong sell. (The full range is: strong buy, outperform, hold , underperform, strong sell)

Negative numbers for this change in recommendation indicate improving sentiment.

  • e.g. Change in Cons. Rec = 4, this indicates that in the last month the Cons. Rec has gone from strong buy to strong sell (1 to 5)
  • e.g. Change in Cons. Rec = -1, this indicates that in the last month the Cons. Rec has moved towards buy by a single step. If it was a strong sell, the stock may now be an 'underperform'. If it was a hold, the stock may now be an 'outperform'

A consensus recommendation for an individual stock compiles ratings from a number of analysts who track that stock. The recommendation is expressed as a median of the separate recommendations.

Stockopedia explains Change in Cons. Rec. 3m...

A consensus recommendation provides a snapshot of current thinking about a stock, so it can serve as a benchmark against which you can compare a single analyst's opinion to gauge how mainstream it is. While recommendations aren't that useful in themselves, the change in recommendation is a powerful indicator - the direction of change being most important.

You can read more about recommendation revisions here.

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