Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages

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Shares of Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $49.51.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on MET shares. B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Metlife in a research report on Tuesday, October 15th. ValuEngine raised Metlife from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, December 21st. UBS Group raised their price target on Metlife from $46.00 to $47.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 10th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Metlife in a research report on Monday. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised Metlife from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their price target for the company from $55.00 to $60.00 in a research report on Tuesday.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of MET. Resources Management Corp CT ADV bought a new stake in shares of Metlife in the third quarter valued at about $26,000. Venturi Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Metlife in the third quarter valued at about $37,000. Kings Point Capital Management bought a new stake in shares of Metlife in the second quarter valued at about $50,000. Quest Capital Management Inc. ADV bought a new stake in shares of Metlife in the third quarter valued at about $47,000. Finally, Allworth Financial LP lifted its stake in shares of Metlife by 37.9% in the third quarter. Allworth Financial LP now owns 1,095 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $52,000 after buying an additional 301 shares during the period. 74.47% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Metlife stock traded up $0.10 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $52.47. 5,526,944 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,804,335. The company has a current ratio of 0.15, a quick ratio of 0.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21. The stock has a market cap of $48.16 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.73, a P/E/G ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.13. Metlife has a 1-year low of $41.41 and a 1-year high of $52.72. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $50.38 and a two-hundred day moving average of $48.23.

Metlife (NYSE:MET) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 30th. The financial services provider reported $1.27 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.40 by ($0.13). The business had revenue of $16.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $16.37 billion. Metlife had a return on equity of 8.82% and a net margin of 10.82%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.38 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts predict that Metlife will post 5.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 13th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 4th will be given a $0.44 dividend. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.35%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, February 3rd. Metlife’s dividend payout ratio is currently 32.65%.

Metlife Company Profile

MetLife, Inc engages in the insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management businesses. It operates through five segments: U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and MetLife Holdings. The company offers life, dental, group short- and long-term disability, individual disability, accidental death and dismemberment, vision, and accident and health coverages, as well as prepaid legal plans; administrative services-only arrangements to employers; and stable value products, including general and separate account guaranteed interest contracts, and private floating rate funding agreements.

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