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.

LNC was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic price target was 84, implying potential capital gains of 15.37 percent. The lowest price target was 67, implying a possible loss of -7.98 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0.58 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days 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. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 4.64 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 4 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, 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 made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of LNC to grow at a rate of 21.44 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, 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 traded between a high of 73.31 and a low of 42.24 over the past year. Today's price is 72.37 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 0.68 percent. LNC has a price/earnings 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.