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.

Several price targets were given for MSA by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was 91, implying a possible profit of 15.79 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 71, implying a possible loss of -9.66 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. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 0 percent. 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, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's 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. 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, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. The PEG ratio of MSA is 1.06.

MSA has a 52-week high of 84.86 and a 52-week low of 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.