Analyst Ratings for HMS Holdings Corp. (HMSY)

Updated: 2017-07-27

HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for HMSY last month.

A buy rating was issued by 7 analysts, 2 gave an overweight rating, 3 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 2 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

A number of analysts gave price targets for HMSY. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 25, implying potential capital gains of 27.1 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 20, implying potential capital losses of 1.68 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -2.78 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -11.51 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.62 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 1 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 1 analysts decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of HMSY to grow at a rate of 69.12 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. HMSY has a PEG ratio of 0.69.

In the trailing 52-weeks, HMSY hit 24.00 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 15.94. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 23.4 percent, and 18.04 percent below the high. HMSY has a P/E ratio of 47.98. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The HMSY value stock report compares HMSY to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of HMSY is $1.67 billion. HMSY is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.