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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for MSM. The highest price target was 100, implying potential capital gains of 37.97 percent. The lowest price target was 67, implying a possible loss of -7.56 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

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. 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. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 10 analysts decreased their 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. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of MSM is -82.59.

In the trailing 52-weeks, MSM hit 105.70 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 69.96. Currently the stock is 3.6 percent higher than its 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.