Analyst Ratings for athenahealth Inc. (ATHN)

Updated: 2017-07-26

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

A buy rating was issued by 10 analysts, 2 gave an overweight rating, 13 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 2 gave a sell rating. Today, there are 3 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for ATHN. The most optimistic price target was 190, implying a possible profit of 30.36 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 88, implying a possible loss of -39.62 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -6.48 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -25.65 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 3.77 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -23.47 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 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. During this time, 3 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 1 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of ATHN's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 7.11 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, 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 ATHN is 25.8.

ATHN has traded between a high of 158.66 and a low of 90.11 over the past year. Currently the stock is 61.75 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 8.14 percent. ATHN has a P/E ratio of 183.43. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The ATHN value stock report compares ATHN to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.09 billion. ATHN will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.