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 analyst gave a price target of 77, which equates to a potential upside of 22.22 percent. The minimum price target given was 55, implying a possible loss of -12.7 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -1.1 percent. That number becomes -3.21 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.36 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.36 percent.

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. Also over the last month, 2 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of LPNT to grow at a rate of 8.14 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, 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. Today's price is 24.51 percent above the 52-week low, and 11.21 percent lower than its 52-week high. LPNT has a price/earnings 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.