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.

AEL was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 32, implying a possible profit 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 advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change 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.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' 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.

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, 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. AEL has a PEG ratio of 0.67.

AEL has traded between a high of 28.32 and a low of 15.07 over the past year. Today's price is 78.37 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 5.08 percent. 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.