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.

Several price targets were given for MSM by the analysts covering the stock. The maximum price target given was 100, implying a possible profit of 37.97 percent. The lowest price target was 67, implying potential capital losses of -7.56 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -6.6 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -6.16 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -1.49 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -1.36 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 8 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 10 analysts decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of MSM to grow at a rate of -0.22 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. MSM has a PEG ratio of -82.59.

In the last 52-weeks, MSM has achieved a high of 105.70 and a low of 69.96. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 3.6 percent, and 31.43 percent lower than its 52-week high. MSM has a P/E 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 market cap of MSM is $4.12 billion. MSM is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.