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.

WDR was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 20, implying potential capital gains of -1.19 percent. The minimum price target given was 15, implying a possible loss of -25.89 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 -1.32 percent. That number becomes -7.56 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 upwards by 2.23 percent. 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. 3 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 4 analysts increased their estimates for the FY 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. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. 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, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. The PEG ratio of WDR is -1.21.

WDR has traded between a high of 22.45 and a low of 15.02 over the past year. 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 price/earnings 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.