Analyst Ratings for Alliance Data Systems Corp. (ADS)

Updated: 2017-07-28

An average rating of Overweight has been given to Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) by analysts covering the stock. ADS had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

14 analysts declared ADS a buy, 1 gave an overweight rating, 12 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 2 gave a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has decreased by 1. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has decreased by 1.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for ADS. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 320, implying potential capital gains of 32.75 percent. The lowest price target was 174, which equates to a potential downside of -27.82 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -7.16 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -6.98 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -2.33 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -2.38 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 4 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 4 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of ADS's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 95.23 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. ADS has a PEG ratio of 0.29.

In the trailing 52-weeks, ADS hit 266.25 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 193.67. Today's price is 24.46 percent above the 52-week low, and 9.46 percent below the high. ADS has a price/earnings ratio of 27.45. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The ADS value stock report compares ADS to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $13.4 billion. ADS's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.