Analyst Ratings for Vulcan Materials Co. (VMC)

Updated: 2017-07-29

Analysts covering Vulcan Materials Co. (NYSE:VMC) have given it a consensus rating of Overweight. Last month, VMC received an average rating of Overweight.

15 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 10 gave VMC a buy rating, 0 issued an overweight rating, 5 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for VMC. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 160, which equates to a potential upside of 29.03 percent. The lowest price target was 125, implying potential capital losses of 0.81 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -1.58 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 2.1 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -1.09 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 2.52 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

VMC has an estimated earnings growth rate of 30.34 percent as forecasted by analysts. 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. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. VMC has a PEG ratio of 1.31.

In the last 52-weeks, VMC has achieved a high of 138.18 and a low of 105.71. Today's price is 17.3 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 10.26 percent. VMC has a P/E ratio of 39.87. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The VMC value stock report compares VMC to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.39 billion. VMC is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.