Analyst Ratings for LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (LPLA)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Shares of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA) have received a consensus rating of Overweight from Wall Street analysts. LPLA had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

Of the 11 analysts covering the stock, 4 gave it a buy rating, 1 issued an overweight rating, 5 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 4 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for LPLA. The maximum price target given was 49, implying potential capital gains of 6.57 percent. The lowest price target was 38, implying potential capital losses of -17.36 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 1.54 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 2.05 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 11.91 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. During this time, 4 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of LPLA's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 19.57 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. 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. LPLA has a PEG ratio of 1.12.

In the trailing 52-weeks, LPLA hit 46.62 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 24.46. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 87.98 percent, and 1.37 percent below the high. LPLA has a price/earnings ratio of 22. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The LPLA value stock report compares LPLA to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.15 billion. LPLA will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.