BofA/Merrill lifts MetLife Inc. [MET] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

MetLife Inc. [NYSE: MET] gained 5.55% or 2.26 points to close at $43.00 with a heavy trading volume of 7574647 shares. It opened the trading session at $41.67, the shares rose to $43.02 and dropped to $41.61, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for MET points out that the company has recorded -12.12% loss over the past six months. However, it is still -88.18% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 8.12M shares, MET reached to a volume of 7574647 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about MetLife Inc. [MET]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MET shares is $40.73 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MET stock is a recommendation set at 2.20. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

BofA/Merrill have made an estimate for MetLife Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on June 01, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Citigroup dropped their target price from $46 to $32. The new note on the price target was released on March 16, 2020, representing the official price target for MetLife Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $55 to $60, while Morgan Stanley kept a Overweight rating on MET stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for MetLife Inc. is set at 1.79, with the Price to Sales ratio for MET stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.53. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 0.56, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 27.49. Price to Free Cash Flow for MET in the course of the last twelve months was 3.16.

Trading performance analysis for MET stock

MetLife Inc. [MET] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 18.23. With this latest performance, MET shares gained by 24.85% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -12.12% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -11.03% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MET stock in for the last two-week period is set at 74.78, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 83.61, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 66.95 for MetLife Inc. [MET]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 33.78, while it was recorded at 39.47 for the last single week of trading, and 43.43 for the last 200 days.

MetLife Inc. [MET]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and MetLife Inc. [MET] shares currently have an operating margin of +10.49. MetLife Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +8.58.

Return on Total Capital for MET is now 9.24, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 7.62. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 9.92, with Return on Assets sitting at 0.82. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, MetLife Inc. [MET] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 29.48. Additionally, MET Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 22.77, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 2.61. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 28.69, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 22.16.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, MetLife Inc. [MET] managed to generate an average of $120,388 per employee.

MetLife Inc. [MET]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, MetLife Inc. posted 1.38/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.34/share.When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 3.00%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for MET. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for MetLife Inc. go to 1.60%.

An analysis of insider ownership at MetLife Inc. [MET]

There are presently around $28,146 million, or 77.90% of MET stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MET stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 65,644,571, which is approximately -4.881% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 63,645,853 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.59 billion in MET stocks shares; and DODGE & COX, currently with $2.41 billion in MET stock with ownership of nearly 27.144% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in MetLife Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of May and at the time of the May reporting period, where 386 institutional holders increased their position in MetLife Inc. [NYSE:MET] by around 60,025,602 shares. Additionally, 663 investors decreased positions by around 66,826,556 shares, while 133 investors held positions by with 564,008,429 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 690,860,587 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MET stock had 72 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,145,832 shares, while 205 institutional investors sold positions of 13,303,136 shares during the same period.

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