Analyst Ratings for American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. (AEL)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Shares of American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. (NYSE:AEL) have received a consensus rating of Overweight from Wall Street analysts. About 30 days ago, AEL was issued an average rating of Overweight.

A buy rating was issued by 3 analysts, 1 issued an overweight rating, 6 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has decreased by 2. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

A number of analysts gave price targets for AEL. The most optimistic price target was 32, implying potential capital gains of 19.05 percent. The lowest price target was 25, which equates to a potential downside of -6.99 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 upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes 0.85 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.81 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 3.97 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 2 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 2 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of AEL to grow at a rate of 19.6 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. 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 AEL is 0.67.

In the last 52-weeks, AEL has achieved a high of 28.32 and a low of 15.07. Today's price is 78.37 percent above the 52-week low, and 5.08 percent lower than its 52-week high. AEL has a price/earnings ratio of 13.18. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The AEL value stock report compares AEL to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.41 billion. AEL will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.