Piper Sandler lifts MetLife Inc. [MET] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

MetLife Inc. [NYSE: MET] gained 1.10% on the last trading session, reaching $62.73 price per share at the time. The company report on April 13, 2021 that MetLife Earns 2021 ENERGY STAR® ‘Sustained Excellence’ Award.

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MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced that it has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Sustained Excellence award is the highest honor bestowed by the ENERGY STAR program. It is awarded to ENERGY STAR partners that have made a long-term commitment to fighting climate change and protecting public health through energy efficiency and have demonstrated leadership year over year. This is the third consecutive year that MetLife has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, leading to the company’s Sustained Excellence designation.

MetLife Inc. represents 899.70 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $54.93 billion with the latest information. MET stock price has been found in the range of $61.87 to $63.06.

If compared to the average trading volume of 5.78M shares, MET reached a trading volume of 4341374 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 $63.73 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 2.00. 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.

Piper Sandler have made an estimate for MetLife Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on January 06, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Citigroup raised their target price from $39 to $55. The new note on the price target was released on December 08, 2020, representing the official price target for MetLife Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $48, while Goldman analysts kept a Neutral rating on MET stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for MetLife Inc. is set at 1.28, with the Price to Sales ratio for MET stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.81. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 0.76, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 22.61. Price to Free Cash Flow for MET in the course of the last twelve months was 5.50.

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 1.54. With this latest performance, MET shares gained by 3.62% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 55.50% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 82.20% 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 61.87, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 63.15, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 61.78 for MetLife Inc. [MET]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 58.57, while it was recorded at 62.13 for the last single week of trading, and 45.99 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 +11.92. MetLife Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +7.97.

Return on Total Capital for MET is now 9.13, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 6.15. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 7.69, with Return on Assets sitting at 0.70. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, MetLife Inc. [MET] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 25.48. Additionally, MET Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 20.30, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 2.39. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 24.95, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 19.88.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, MetLife Inc. [MET] managed to generate an average of $116,280 per employee.

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

With the latest financial reports released by the company, MetLife Inc. posted 1.58/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.44/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 9.70%. 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 4.20%.

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

There are presently around $41,887 million, or 77.60% of MET stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MET stocks are: DODGE & COX with ownership of 66,215,913, which is approximately -0.791% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 64,209,500 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $4.03 billion in MET stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $3.75 billion in MET stock with ownership of nearly -2.036% of the company’s market capitalization.

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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 461 institutional holders increased their position in MetLife Inc. [NYSE:MET] by around 35,198,718 shares. Additionally, 492 investors decreased positions by around 47,929,994 shares, while 146 investors held positions by with 584,608,121 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 667,736,833 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MET stock had 144 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,871,724 shares, while 67 institutional investors sold positions of 2,868,996 shares during the same period.

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