Analyst Ratings for LifePoint Health Inc. (LPNT)

Updated: 2017-07-26

Shares of LifePoint Health Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) have received a consensus rating of Hold from Wall Street analysts. Last month, LPNT received an average rating of Hold.

Of the 19 analysts covering the stock, 4 gave it a buy rating, 2 gave an overweight rating, 10 issued a hold rating, 1 gave an underweight rating, and 2 gave a sell rating. Today, there are 1 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for LPNT. The most optimistic price target was 77, implying a possible profit of 22.22 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 55, which equates to a potential downside of -12.7 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 downwards for this quarter, by about -1.1 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -3.21 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -0.36 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.36 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 3 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Over the same time period, 2 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

LPNT has an estimated earnings growth rate of 8.14 percent as forecasted by analysts. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of LPNT is 2.02.

LPNT has a 52-week high of 70.95 and a 52-week low of 50.60. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 24.51 percent, and 11.21 percent lower than its 52-week high. LPNT has a P/E ratio of 16.48. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The LPNT value stock report compares LPNT to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.57 billion. LPNT is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.