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 highest price target was 100, which equates to a potential upside of 37.97 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 67, implying a possible loss of -7.56 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -6.6 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -6.16 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -1.49 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -1.36 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, 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. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. MSM has a PEG ratio of -82.59.

MSM has traded between a high of 105.70 and a low of 69.96 over the past year. Currently the stock is 3.6 percent higher than its low, and 31.43 percent lower than its 52-week 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 market cap of MSM is $4.12 billion. MSM will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.