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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for MSA. The maximum price target given was 91, which equates to a potential upside of 15.79 percent. The lowest price target was 71, which equates to a potential downside of -9.66 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. That number becomes 0 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0 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, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. 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.

MSA has an estimated earnings growth rate of 29.93 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. MSA has a PEG ratio of 1.06.

In the trailing 52-weeks, MSA hit 84.86 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 53.10. Currently the stock is 48 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 7.39 percent. MSA has a price/earnings 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.