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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for WSO. The maximum price target given was 180, which equates to a potential upside of 20.35 percent. The minimum price target given was 139, implying a possible loss 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.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0.76 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 1.53 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 1.06 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 1.06 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 4 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 6 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 3 analysts decreased their 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. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. 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 WSO is 3.78.

WSO has a 52-week high of 159.55 and a 52-week low of 128.60. Currently the stock is 16.3 percent higher than its low, and 6.26 percent lower than its 52-week high. WSO has a price/earnings 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 stock has a market capitalization of $5.37 billion. WSO will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.