Analyst Ratings for Westar Energy Inc. (WR)

Updated: 2017-07-26

An average rating of Overweight has been given to Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE:WR) by analysts covering the stock. Last month, WR received an average rating of Hold.

2 analysts declared WR a buy, 0 issued an overweight rating, 4 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has increased by 2. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for WR. The most optimistic price target was 54, implying a possible profit of 7.14 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 46.5, which equates to a potential downside of -7.74 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. That number becomes 0 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0 percent.

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 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

WR has an estimated earnings growth rate of 5.14 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, 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. The PEG ratio of WR is 4.1.

In the trailing 52-weeks, WR hit 57.50 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 49.21. Currently the stock is 2.42 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 12.35 percent. WR has a price/earnings ratio of 21.07. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WR value stock report compares WR to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of WR is $7.15 billion. WR is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.