Analyst Ratings for Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. (WDR)

Updated: 2017-07-27

An average rating of Underweight has been given to Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. (NYSE:WDR) by analysts covering the stock. A consensus rating of Underweight was previously issued for WDR last month.

Of the 11 analysts covering the stock, 1 gave it a buy rating, 0 issued an overweight rating, 4 issued a hold rating, 1 issued an underweight rating, and 5 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. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for WDR. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 20, implying a possible profit of -1.19 percent. The lowest price target was 15, implying potential capital losses of -25.89 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -1.32 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -7.56 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 2.23 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.63 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 3 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 4 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of WDR to grow at a rate of -9.72 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. 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. WDR has a PEG ratio of -1.21.

WDR has a 52-week high of 22.45 and a 52-week low of 15.02. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 34.75 percent, and 9.84 percent below the high. WDR has a P/E ratio of 11.8. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WDR value stock report compares WDR to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of WDR is $1.76 billion. WDR is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.