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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for HCP. The most optimistic price target was 35, which equates to a potential upside of 9.96 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 30, implying potential capital losses of -5.75 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -2.94 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -23.33 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.26 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 26.57 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 4 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of HCP's earnings is estimated by analysts to be -5.71 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, 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 trailing 52-weeks, HCP hit 36.81 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 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.