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.

MSM was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 100, implying potential capital gains of 37.97 percent. The lowest price target was 67, which equates to a potential downside 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.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change 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. 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, 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 decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of MSM to grow at a rate of -0.22 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. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. 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. 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 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.