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.

Many analysts weighed in on 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, which equates to a potential downside of 1.68 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -2.78 percent. That number becomes -11.51 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. 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. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, 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. 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. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. 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. Today's price is 23.4 percent above the 52-week low, and 18.04 percent lower than its 52-week high. 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 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.