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 most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 49, which equates to a potential upside of 6.57 percent. The lowest price target was 38, which equates to a potential downside 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.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 1.54 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0.77 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 2.05 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 11.91 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 4 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, 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. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of LPLA is 1.12.

LPLA has a 52-week high of 46.62 and a 52-week low of 24.46. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 87.98 percent, and below the high by 1.37 percent. 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.