MetLife (MET) Given a $47.00 Price Target at Sandler O’Neill

Sandler O’Neill set a $47.00 target price on MetLife (NYSE:MET) in a report published on Thursday morning. The brokerage currently has a hold rating on the financial services provider’s stock.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research raised MetLife from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $58.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. Wells Fargo set a $60.00 price objective on MetLife and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. ValuEngine lowered MetLife from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Goldman Sachs reissued a buy rating on shares of MetLife in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a buy rating and set a $56.00 price objective on shares of MetLife in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. MetLife presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $56.75.

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Shares of NYSE:MET opened at $45.27 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 0.15, a quick ratio of 0.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29. The company has a market capitalization of $46,928.83, a PE ratio of 10.06, a PEG ratio of 0.74 and a beta of 1.24. MetLife has a 1 year low of $43.38 and a 1 year high of $55.91.

MetLife (NYSE:MET) last released 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). The company had revenue of $15.79 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.89 billion. MetLife had a return on equity of 8.59% and a net margin of 5.69%. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.28 EPS. research analysts anticipate that MetLife will post 4.91 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. First Dallas Securities Inc. purchased a new stake in MetLife in the fourth quarter valued at $111,000. Wagner Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in MetLife in the fourth quarter valued at $126,000. Sandy Spring Bank raised its position in MetLife by 495.2% in the fourth quarter. Sandy Spring Bank now owns 2,375 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $120,000 after purchasing an additional 1,976 shares during the period. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in MetLife in the third quarter valued at $151,000. Finally, Avestar Capital LLC purchased a new stake in MetLife in the fourth quarter valued at $135,000. Institutional investors own 77.69% of the company’s stock.

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About MetLife

MetLife, Inc, through its subsidiaries, 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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