Analyst Ratings for MSA Safety Inc. (MSA)

Updated: 2017-07-27

MSA Safety Inc. (NYSE:MSA) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. MSA had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

4 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 1 gave MSA a buy rating, 1 issued an overweight rating, 2 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an decrease of 1 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

A number of analysts gave price targets for MSA. The highest price target was 91, which equates to a potential upside of 15.79 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 71, which equates to a potential downside of -9.66 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.

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 0 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of MSA's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 29.93 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, 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. MSA has a PEG ratio of 1.06.

In the last 52-weeks, MSA has achieved a high of 84.86 and a low of 53.10. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 48 percent, and 7.39 percent lower than its 52-week high. MSA has a P/E ratio of 31.82. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MSA value stock report compares MSA to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of MSA is $3.02 billion. MSA's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.