Analyst Ratings for Quest Diagnostics Inc. (DGX)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Shares of Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE:DGX) have received a consensus rating of Hold from Wall Street analysts. About 30 days ago, DGX was issued an average rating of Hold.

Of the 24 analysts covering the stock, 5 gave it a buy rating, 1 gave an overweight rating, 16 gave a hold rating, 1 gave an underweight rating, and 1 gave a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has increased by 0. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for DGX. The maximum price target given was 123, which equates to a potential upside of 13.13 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 87, implying a possible loss of -19.98 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 1.26 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 1.35 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 3 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 3 analysts that decreased their estimates. During this time, 9 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of DGX's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 14.94 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. 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. The PEG ratio of DGX is 1.46.

In the trailing 52-weeks, DGX hit 112.97 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 79.12. Currently the stock is 37.41 percent higher than its low, and 3.76 percent lower than its 52-week high. DGX has a P/E ratio of 21.85. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The DGX value stock report compares DGX to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.76 billion. DGX's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.