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 most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 84, implying potential capital gains of 15.37 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 67, implying potential capital losses of -7.98 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0.58 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes 0.58 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0.48 percent. 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, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 4 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of LNC's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 21.44 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. LNC has a PEG ratio of 0.56.

In the last 52-weeks, LNC has achieved a high of 73.31 and a low of 42.24. Currently the stock is 72.37 percent higher than its 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 market cap of LNC is $16.23 billion. LNC is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.