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 maximum price target given was 54, implying potential capital gains of 7.14 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 46.5, which equates to a potential downside of -7.74 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 0 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 0 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of WR's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 5.14 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at 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. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. WR has a PEG ratio of 4.1.

In the last 52-weeks, WR has achieved a high of 57.50 and a low of 49.21. Currently the stock is 2.42 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 12.35 percent. WR has a P/E 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.