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 analyst gave a price target of 9, which equates to a potential upside of 5.88 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 7.5, implying potential capital losses of -11.76 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 0 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 1.3 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 revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 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.

MFA has an estimated earnings growth rate of 1.13 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. MFA has a PEG ratio of 9.52.

MFA has a 52-week high of 8.67 and a 52-week low of 7.03. 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 stock has a market capitalization of $3.36 billion. MFA will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.