Analyst Ratings for China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. ADR (LFC)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Shares of China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. ADR (NYSE:LFC) have received a consensus rating of Overweight from Wall Street analysts. LFC had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

24 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 15 gave LFC a buy rating, 2 issued an overweight rating, 6 issued a hold rating, 0 gave 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. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

Several price targets were given for LFC by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was , which equates to a potential upside of -100 percent. The most pessimistic price target was , implying a possible loss of -100 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 0 percent. That number becomes 0 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.74 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 3.08 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

LFC has an estimated earnings growth rate of 10.27 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. LFC has a PEG ratio of 2.99.

LFC has traded between a high of 16.61 and a low of 11.10 over the past year. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 45.23 percent, and below the high by 2.95 percent. LFC has a P/E ratio of 30.7. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The LFC value stock report compares LFC to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of LFC is $111.1 billion. LFC is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.