Analyst Ratings for WestRock Co. (WRK)

Updated: 2017-07-29

An average rating of Buy has been given to WestRock Co. (NYSE:WRK) by analysts covering the stock. A consensus rating of Buy was previously issued for WRK last month.

A buy rating was issued by 12 analysts, 1 issued an overweight rating, 3 issued a hold rating, 0 gave 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 1. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

A number of analysts gave price targets for WRK. The maximum price target given was 68, implying potential capital gains of 18.63 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 41, implying a possible loss of -28.47 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.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0.79 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -2.27 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.01 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.01 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 3 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 2 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of WRK to grow at a rate of 241.5 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, 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, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. WRK has a PEG ratio of 0.33.

WRK has traded between a high of 60.36 and a low of 40.63 over the past year. Today's price is 41.08 percent above the 52-week low, and 5.04 percent below the high. WRK has a price/earnings ratio of 80.73. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WRK value stock report compares WRK to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.74 billion. WRK will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.