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.

LPNT was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 77, implying a possible profit of 22.22 percent. The lowest price target was 55, implying potential capital losses of -12.7 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 -1.1 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 have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 3 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 2 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

LPNT has an estimated earnings growth rate of 8.14 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of LPNT is 2.02.

In the last 52-weeks, LPNT has achieved a high of 70.95 and a low of 50.60. Today's price is 24.51 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 11.21 percent. 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.