Analyst Ratings for Watsco Inc. (WSO)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Watsco Inc. (NYSE:WSO) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. About 30 days ago, WSO was issued an average rating of Overweight.

Of the 14 analysts covering the stock, 5 gave it a buy rating, 1 gave an overweight rating, 7 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 0 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Over the same time period, there has been an decrease of 1 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

A number of analysts gave price targets for WSO. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 180, implying potential capital gains of 20.35 percent. The minimum price target given was 139, implying potential capital losses of -7.06 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0.76 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 1.53 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 1.06 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 1.06 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 4 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 6 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 3 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of WSO's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 7.45 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, 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 WSO is 3.78.

In the trailing 52-weeks, WSO hit 159.55 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 128.60. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 16.3 percent, and 6.26 percent lower than its 52-week high. WSO has a P/E ratio of 28.14. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WSO value stock report compares WSO to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of WSO is $5.37 billion. WSO will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.