LPL Financial LLC lifted its stake in shares of MetLife (NYSE:MET) by 12.1% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 174,479 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 18,830 shares during the period. LPL Financial LLC’s holdings in MetLife were worth $8,822,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of MET. First Dallas Securities Inc. purchased a new stake in MetLife in the 4th quarter valued at about $111,000. Ffcm LLC raised its holdings in MetLife by 2,020.8% in the 3rd quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 2,248 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $119,000 after buying an additional 2,142 shares during the period. Sandy Spring Bank raised its holdings in MetLife by 495.2% in the 4th quarter. Sandy Spring Bank now owns 2,375 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $120,000 after buying an additional 1,976 shares during the period. Avestar Capital LLC purchased a new stake in MetLife in the 4th quarter valued at about $135,000. Finally, Valeo Financial Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in MetLife in the 3rd quarter valued at about $151,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.64% of the company’s stock.

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Several analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of MetLife from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday. Wells Fargo restated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price objective on shares of MetLife in a report on Friday, March 16th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of MetLife from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. UBS restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $51.00 price objective (down from $52.00) on shares of MetLife in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $56.00 price objective on shares of MetLife in a report on Friday, February 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $57.90.

MetLife stock opened at $47.22 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $48,929.55, a PE ratio of 9.52, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.96 and a beta of 1.28. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 0.15 and a quick ratio of 0.15. MetLife has a 52-week low of $43.38 and a 52-week high of $55.91.

MetLife (NYSE:MET) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The financial services provider reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.05 by ($0.41). The firm had revenue of $15.79 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.89 billion. MetLife had a net margin of 5.69% and a return on equity of 8.59%. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.28 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that MetLife will post 4.93 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 13th. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 5th were given a $0.40 dividend. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.39%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 2nd. MetLife’s dividend payout ratio is currently 46.92%.

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MetLife Company Profile

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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