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, implying a possible profit of 15.37 percent. The minimum price target given 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.

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. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.48 percent, compared to last month. 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 made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, 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.

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, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. 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. 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.