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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for LPLA. The maximum price target given was 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. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

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. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 11.91 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 4 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts decreased their 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. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. 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. Currently the stock is 87.98 percent higher than its low, and 1.37 percent lower than its 52-week high. LPLA has a P/E 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.