Media headlines about Metlife (NYSE:MET) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Metlife earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.8424931229699 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- MetLife Auto & Home® Launches SnapQuote® – A Digital Insurance Marketplace to Deliver Simplified Quote-to-Purchase Experience (finance.yahoo.com)
- INVESTOR ALERT: The Schall Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Against MetLife, Inc. And Reminds Investors With Losses in Excess of $100,000 To Contact The Firm (finance.yahoo.com)
- DEADLINE ALERT: Brower Piven Reminds Investors of Upcoming Deadline in Class Action Lawsuit and Encourages Shareholders Who Have Losses in Excess of $100,000 from Investment in MetLife, Inc. to Contact the Firm (finance.yahoo.com)
- MetLife Hong Kong Launches MetLife Enjoy Whole Life Plan and MetLife Amass Savings Benefit, (itbusinessnet.com)
A number of brokerages recently commented on MET. UBS Group reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $51.00 price objective (down previously from $52.00) on shares of Metlife in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Morgan Stanley reduced their price objective on Metlife from $59.00 to $58.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $60.00 target price on Metlife and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Goldman Sachs Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Metlife in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $56.00 target price on shares of Metlife in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $57.90.
Metlife (NYSE:MET) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 13th. The financial services provider reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.05 by ($0.41). Metlife had a net margin of 5.69% and a return on equity of 8.59%. The firm had revenue of $15.79 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.89 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.28 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Metlife will post 4.93 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 13th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 5th will be paid a $0.40 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 2nd. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.40%. Metlife’s payout ratio is presently 37.12%.
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MetLife, Inc is a provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The Company’s segments include U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); MetLife Holdings, and Corporate & Other. Its U.S. segment is organized into Group Benefits, Retirement and Income Solutions and Property & Casualty businesses.
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