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 maximum price target given was 77, implying potential capital gains of 22.22 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 55, which equates to a potential downside of -12.7 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

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. 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 have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 3 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 2 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of LPNT to grow at a rate of 8.14 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, 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. LPNT has a PEG ratio of 2.02.

LPNT has traded between a high of 70.95 and a low of 50.60 over the past year. 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 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 market cap of LPNT is $2.57 billion. LPNT's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.