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 price target was 25, implying a possible profit of 27.1 percent. The minimum price target given was 20, implying a possible loss of 1.68 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -2.78 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which 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.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 1 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 1 analysts decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of HMSY to grow at a rate of 69.12 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, 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 last 52-weeks, HMSY has achieved a high of 24.00 and a low of 15.94. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 23.4 percent, and below the high by 18.04 percent. HMSY has a price/earnings 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 stock has a market capitalization of $1.67 billion. HMSY will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.