Analyst Ratings for Lincoln National Corp. (LNC)

Updated: 2017-07-29

An average rating of Overweight has been given to Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE:LNC) by analysts covering the stock. Last month, LNC received an average rating of Overweight.

15 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 7 gave LNC a buy rating, 1 issued an overweight rating, 7 gave a hold rating, 0 gave 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 increased by 0. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

Several price targets were given for LNC by the analysts covering the stock. The highest price target was 84, which equates to a potential upside of 15.37 percent. The lowest price target was 67, implying potential capital losses of -7.98 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.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0.58 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 0.58 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0.48 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 4.64 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 4 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

LNC has an estimated earnings growth rate of 21.44 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. LNC has a PEG ratio of 0.56.

LNC has a 52-week high of 73.31 and a 52-week low of 42.24. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 72.37 percent, and 0.68 percent below the high. LNC has a P/E ratio of 12.01. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The LNC value stock report compares LNC to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.23 billion. LNC will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.