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 maximum price target given was 84, implying a possible profit of 15.37 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 67, implying a possible loss of -7.98 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

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. 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, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. 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. Another measure frequently examined by investors is 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. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. LNC has a PEG ratio of 0.56.

In the trailing 52-weeks, LNC hit 73.31 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 42.24. Today's price is 72.37 percent above the 52-week low, and 0.68 percent lower than its 52-week high. 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.