Analysts Predict 13% Gains Ahead For VBR

Looking at the underlying holdings of the ETFs in our coverage universe at ETF Channel, we have compared the trading price of each holding against the average analyst 12-month forward target price, and computed the weighted average implied analyst target price for the ETF itself. For the Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF (Symbol: VBR), we found that the implied analyst target price for the ETF based upon its underlying holdings is $146.70 per unit.

With VBR trading at a recent price near $129.83 per unit, that means that analysts see 12.99% upside for this ETF looking through to the average analyst targets of the underlying holdings. Three of VBR's underlying holdings with notable upside to their analyst target prices are Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc (Symbol: MDGL), AnaptysBio Inc (Symbol: ANAB), and Century Aluminum Co. (Symbol: CENX). Although MDGL has traded at a recent price of $105.09/share, the average analyst target is 98.61% higher at $208.71/share. Similarly, ANAB has 96.63% upside from the recent share price of $66.56 if the average analyst target price of $130.88/share is reached, and analysts on average are expecting CENX to reach a target price of $12.00/share, which is 82.93% above the recent price of $6.56. Below is a twelve month price history chart comparing the stock performance of MDGL, ANAB, and CENX:

MDGL, ANAB, and CENX Relative Performance Chart

Below is a summary table of the current analyst target prices discussed above:

Name Symbol Recent Price Avg. Analyst 12-Mo. Target % Upside to Target
Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF VBR $129.83 $146.70 12.99%
Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc MDGL $105.09 $208.71 98.61%
AnaptysBio Inc ANAB $66.56 $130.88 96.63%
Century Aluminum Co. CENX $6.56 $12.00 82.93%

Are analysts justified in these targets, or overly optimistic about where these stocks will be trading 12 months from now? Do the analysts have a valid justification for their targets, or are they behind the curve on recent company and industry developments? A high price target relative to a stock's trading price can reflect optimism about the future, but can also be a precursor to target price downgrades if the targets were a relic of the past. These are questions that require further investor research.

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