Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSE:GWO) had its target price raised by Barclays PLC from C$31.00 to C$34.00 in a research note issued to investors on Thursday morning.

Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on GWO. Desjardins upped their price target on shares of Great-West Lifeco from C$33.00 to C$35.00 in a report on Wednesday, December 21st. RBC Capital Markets upped their price target on shares of Great-West Lifeco from C$33.00 to C$35.00 and gave the stock a sector perform rating in a report on Friday, November 4th. TD Securities reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a C$36.00 price target on shares of Great-West Lifeco in a report on Friday, November 4th. Dundee Securities decreased their price target on shares of Great-West Lifeco from C$34.00 to C$33.00 in a report on Thursday, December 22nd. Finally, CSFB reaffirmed a neutral rating and issued a C$35.00 price target on shares of Great-West Lifeco in a report on Tuesday, November 15th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Great-West Lifeco has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of C$35.33.

Shares of Great-West Lifeco (TSE:GWO) traded up 3.61% on Thursday, reaching $36.73. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 614,434 shares. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $35.41 and a 200-day moving average of $33.54. The firm has a market cap of $36.22 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.78. Great-West Lifeco has a 12 month low of $30.83 and a 12 month high of $37.10.

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The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 30th. Investors of record on Friday, December 30th were paid a $0.346 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 30th. This represents a $1.38 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.90%.

In related news, Director Charles Donald Harvey Henaire sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$34.82, for a total value of C$348,200.00. Also, Director Siim A. Vanaselja bought 25,000 shares of Great-West Lifeco stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 5th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of C$34.73 per share, for a total transaction of C$868,250.00.

About Great-West Lifeco

Great-West Lifeco Inc (Lifeco) is a financial services holding company. The Company has interests in the life insurance, health insurance, asset management, investment and retirement savings, and reinsurance businesses. It operates through four operating segments: Canada, United States, Europe and Lifeco Corporate.

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