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 most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 38, implying potential capital losses of -17.36 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 1.54 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 2.05 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 11.91 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 4 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

LPLA has an estimated earnings growth rate of 19.57 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, 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, 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 traded between a high of 46.62 and a low of 24.46 over the past year. Today's price is 87.98 percent above the 52-week low, 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 market cap of LPLA is $4.15 billion. LPLA's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.