Media stories about Manulife Financial (NYSE:MFC) (TSE:MFC) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Manulife Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.6222762814253 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Manulife Financial (NYSE MFC) traded up $0.13 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $21.81. The company had a trading volume of 2,532,120 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,304,556. The firm has a market capitalization of $43,210.00, a P/E ratio of 14.94, a P/E/G ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 1.33. Manulife Financial has a twelve month low of $16.62 and a twelve month high of $21.82.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 21st were given a $0.1606 dividend. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.95%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 20th. Manulife Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 43.84%.

MFC has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Manulife Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on Manulife Financial from $26.00 to $27.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Manulife Financial from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, September 18th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $25.00.

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About Manulife Financial

Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC) is a holding company of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (MLI), which is a life insurance company, and John Hancock Reassurance Company Ltd. (JHRECO), which is a reinsurance company. The Company operates as a financial services company with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.

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