Analyst Ratings for MSC Industrial Direct Co. (MSM)

Updated: 2017-07-26

Shares of MSC Industrial Direct Co. (NYSE:MSM) have received a consensus rating of Overweight from Wall Street analysts. Last month, MSM received an average rating of Overweight.

A buy rating was issued by 6 analysts, 0 issued an overweight rating, 10 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has increased by 2. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has decreased by 1.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for MSM. The highest price target was 100, implying potential capital gains of 37.97 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 67, implying potential capital losses of -7.56 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -6.6 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -6.16 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -1.49 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -1.36 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 8 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 10 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

MSM has an estimated earnings growth rate of -0.22 percent as forecasted by analysts. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the 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, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of MSM is -82.59.

In the last 52-weeks, MSM has achieved a high of 105.70 and a low of 69.96. Today's price is 3.6 percent above the 52-week low, and 31.43 percent below the high. MSM has a price/earnings ratio of 18.17. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MSM value stock report compares MSM to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.12 billion. MSM is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.