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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for AEL. The most optimistic price target was 32, which equates to a potential upside of 19.05 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 25, which equates to a potential downside of -6.99 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 upwards by an average of 0 percent. That number becomes 0.85 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 upwards by 0.81 percent, as compared to a month ago. 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 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.

The growth rate of AEL's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 19.6 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, 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, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. AEL has a PEG ratio of 0.67.

In the trailing 52-weeks, AEL hit 28.32 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 15.07. Currently the stock is 78.37 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 5.08 percent. AEL has a P/E 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 market cap of AEL is $2.41 billion. AEL's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.