Analyst Ratings for NetScout Systems Inc. (NTCT)

Updated: 2017-07-26

NetScout Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. NTCT had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

3 analysts declared NTCT a buy, 0 issued an overweight rating, 5 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

NTCT was given price targets by several analysts. The highest price target was 42, which equates to a potential upside of 24.81 percent. The lowest price target was 30, implying potential capital losses of -10.85 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 0 percent. That number becomes -87.16 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 -6.15 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, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

NTCT has an estimated earnings growth rate of 363.87 percent as forecasted by analysts. 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, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of NTCT is 0.26.

In the trailing 52-weeks, NTCT hit 38.48 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 25.14. Today's price is 33.85 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 12.55 percent. NTCT has a P/E ratio of 93.47. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The NTCT value stock report compares NTCT to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of NTCT is $3.12 billion. NTCT's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.