At the end of September, we looked at analysts' price targets for the S&P 500 to see which stocks had the greatest expected gains in the months ahead. So far month-to-date, 3 out of the top 5 are and 6 out of the top 10 are trading to the upside (see the Top 20 from September 30 here).
Some of the gainers' initial lift in October was significant enough to move them from the original Top 20. Moody's and Sallie Mae , for example, have gained over 20% each since the start of the month. Others remain waiting for their pop.
Keep in mind that each company has a different numbers of analysts that cover the stock and report their findings to Thomson Reuters which aggregates the data and provides a consensus number. The range of analysts' expectations can be significant. Micron Technology , the number three company on the current Top 15, has the widest price target range, between $4.00 to $18.00 per share, with a mean target of $10.41.
Top 15 S&P 500 Stocks with Potential to Pop:
(based on difference between current stock price and consensus target)