Analyst Ratings for MFA Financial Inc. (MFA)

Updated: 2017-07-27

MFA Financial Inc. (NYSE:MFA) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for MFA last month.

Of the 7 analysts covering the stock, 3 gave it a buy rating, 0 issued an overweight rating, 4 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued 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. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has decreased by 1.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for MFA. The most optimistic price target was 9, implying a possible profit of 5.88 percent. The lowest price target was 7.5, implying potential capital losses of -11.76 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.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0 percent. 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 1.3 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. 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.

MFA has an estimated earnings growth rate of 1.13 percent as forecasted by analysts. 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of MFA is 9.52.

MFA has traded between a high of 8.67 and a low of 7.03 over the past year. Currently the stock is 20.91 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 1.96 percent. MFA has a price/earnings ratio of 10.76. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MFA value stock report compares MFA to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of MFA is $3.36 billion. MFA's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.