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 First Trust Large Cap Core AlphaDEX Fund ETF (Symbol: FEX), we found that the implied analyst target price for the ETF based upon its underlying holdings is $65.61 per unit.
With FEX trading at a recent price near $59.91 per unit, that means that analysts see 9.52% upside for this ETF looking through to the average analyst targets of the underlying holdings. Three of FEX's underlying holdings with notable upside to their analyst target prices are PVH Corp (Symbol: PVH), Atmos Energy Corp. (Symbol: ATO), and Xcel Energy Inc (Symbol: XEL). Although PVH has traded at a recent price of $140.49/share, the average analyst target is 10.48% higher at $155.21/share. Similarly, ATO has 9.99% upside from the recent share price of $79.46 if the average analyst target price of $87.40/share is reached, and analysts on average are expecting XEL to reach a target price of $46.78/share, which is 9.52% above the recent price of $42.71. Below is a twelve month price history chart comparing the stock performance of PVH, ATO, and XEL:
Below is a summary table of the current analyst target prices discussed above:
Avg. Analyst 12-Mo. Target
% Upside to Target
First Trust Large Cap Core AlphaDEX Fund ETF
Atmos Energy Corp.
Xcel Energy Inc
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.