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.

Several price targets were given for WDR by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 20, which equates to a potential upside of -1.19 percent. The lowest price target was 15, which equates to a potential downside of -25.89 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average 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. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.63 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 3 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 4 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

WDR has an estimated earnings growth rate of -9.72 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 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. Currently the stock is 34.75 percent higher than its low, 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.