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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for WDR. The most optimistic price target was 20, which equates to a potential upside of -1.19 percent. The minimum price target given was 15, implying a possible loss of -25.89 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -1.32 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -7.56 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 2.23 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.63 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 3 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 4 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

WDR has an estimated earnings growth rate of -9.72 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, 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, 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. Today's price is 34.75 percent above the 52-week low, and 9.84 percent lower than its 52-week 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.