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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for HCP. The highest price target was 35, which equates to a potential upside of 9.96 percent. The lowest price target was 30, which equates to a potential downside of -5.75 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.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -2.94 percent. That number becomes -23.33 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 upwards by 0.26 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 26.57 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 4 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

HCP has an estimated earnings growth rate of -5.71 percent as forecasted by analysts. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of HCP is -2.72.

HCP has a 52-week high of 36.81 and a 52-week 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 price/earnings 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 market cap of HCP is $14.95 billion. HCP's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.