Analyst Ratings for A.O. Smith Corp. (AOS)

Updated: 2017-07-26

Analysts covering A.O. Smith Corp. (NYSE:AOS) have given it a consensus rating of Overweight. Last month, AOS received an average rating of Overweight.

6 analysts declared AOS a buy, 1 issued an overweight rating, 8 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has decreased by 1. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for AOS. The highest price target was 64, which equates to a potential upside of 14.86 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 52, implying a possible loss of -6.68 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing 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 -1.85 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.72 percent.

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, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Also over the last month, 2 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of AOS's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 9.89 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. 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. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. AOS has a PEG ratio of 2.91.

AOS has traded between a high of 57.97 and a low of 43.66 over the past year. Today's price is 27.62 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 3.88 percent. AOS has a P/E ratio of 28.78. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The AOS value stock report compares AOS to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of AOS is $9.55 billion. AOS's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.