Genworth Financial Inc (NYSE:GNW) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and two have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $3.75.

GNW has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine downgraded Genworth Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “hold” rating on shares of Genworth Financial in a research note on Wednesday, November 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Genworth Financial from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Monday, November 6th.

Genworth Financial (GNW) traded up $0.35 during trading on Friday, hitting $3.10. The company had a trading volume of 3,163,821 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,342,454. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 0.28 and a current ratio of 0.28. Genworth Financial has a 12-month low of $2.75 and a 12-month high of $4.23. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,437.58, a P/E ratio of 4.10, a PEG ratio of 0.64 and a beta of 2.58.

Genworth Financial (NYSE:GNW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th. The financial services provider reported $0.65 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.45. Genworth Financial had a return on equity of 1.57% and a net margin of 3.88%. The firm had revenue of $1.69 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.16 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned ($0.27) earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 23.3% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Genworth Financial will post 0.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Webster Bank N. A. purchased a new stake in shares of Genworth Financial in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $110,000. Shelton Capital Management acquired a new position in Genworth Financial during the second quarter worth $140,000. Fondren Management LP acquired a new position in Genworth Financial during the second quarter worth $189,000. Shell Asset Management Co. acquired a new position in Genworth Financial during the third quarter worth $914,000. Finally, Amalgamated Bank raised its holdings in Genworth Financial by 1.2% during the second quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 71,452 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $269,000 after purchasing an additional 818 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 66.66% of the company’s stock.

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About Genworth Financial

Genworth Financial, Inc (Genworth) is a financial security company. The Company provides insurance, wealth management, investment and financial solutions. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had more than 15 million customers, with a presence in more than 25 countries. The Company operates in Insurance, Mortgage Insurance and Corporate and Runoff.

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