Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Lincoln National (LNC) Share Price

News headlines about Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Lincoln National earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6613235176408 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Several research analysts recently issued reports on LNC shares. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 target price on shares of Lincoln National in a research note on Friday, December 8th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Lincoln National from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of Lincoln National in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. They set a “sell” rating and a $71.00 target price on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $89.00 target price on shares of Lincoln National in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co set a $80.00 target price on shares of Lincoln National and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Lincoln National currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $83.27.

Lincoln National (NYSE LNC) traded up $1.11 on Thursday, reaching $83.90. 1,238,400 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,299,074. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a quick ratio of 0.11 and a current ratio of 0.11. Lincoln National has a 1 year low of $61.45 and a 1 year high of $84.09. The firm has a market capitalization of $18,320.00, a P/E ratio of 13.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 2.01.

Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The financial services provider reported $2.03 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.84 by $0.19. Lincoln National had a net margin of 10.50% and a return on equity of 11.16%. The firm had revenue of $3.51 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.62 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.89 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Lincoln National will post 7.72 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be issued a dividend of $0.33 per share. This is an increase from Lincoln National’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.29. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 9th. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.57%. Lincoln National’s dividend payout ratio is presently 20.59%.

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About Lincoln National

Lincoln National Corporation is a holding company, which operates insurance and retirement businesses through subsidiary companies. The Company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions, through its business segments. The Company operates through four segments: Annuities segment, which offers fixed (including indexed) and variable annuities; Retirement Plan Services segment, which provides employers with retirement plan products and services; Life Insurance segment, which focuses on the creation and protection of wealth through life insurance products, and Group Protection, which offers principally group non-medical insurance products.

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