Analyst Ratings for HCP Inc. (HCP)

Updated: 2017-07-29

An average rating of Hold has been given to HCP Inc. (NYSE:HCP) by analysts covering the stock. A consensus rating of Hold was previously issued for HCP last month.

Of the 22 analysts covering the stock, 1 gave it a buy rating, 2 gave an overweight rating, 18 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 1 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 1 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

HCP was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic price target was 35, implying potential capital gains of 9.96 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 30, which equates to a potential downside of -5.75 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -2.94 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -23.33 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0.26 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 26.57 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 4 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

HCP has an estimated earnings growth rate of -5.71 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. 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. HCP has a PEG ratio of -2.72.

In the last 52-weeks, HCP has achieved a high of 36.81 and a low of 27.61. Currently the stock is 15.28 percent higher than its low, and 13.53 percent lower than its 52-week high. HCP has a P/E ratio of 15.53. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The HCP value stock report compares HCP to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.95 billion. HCP's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.