MetLife Inc. [MET] gain 40.17% so far this year. What now?



MetLife Inc. [NYSE: MET] loss -1.19% or -0.79 points to close at $65.81 with a heavy trading volume of 2191795 shares. The company report on October 12, 2021 that MetLife Recognized as One of America’s Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces.

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced that, for the 14th year in a row, it has earned a spot on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s annual list of America’s Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. MetLife has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits, parental leave policies, and flexible work culture.

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“MetLife recognizes the tremendous mental and financial commitments that parents make during and after an adoption,” said MetLife Vice President of Global Health, Welfare and Retirement Benefits Tom Ferraro. “We are proud to offer our families much-needed adoption benefits, which help alleviate some of the pressures that come along with this monumental process.”.

It opened the trading session at $66.29, the shares rose to $66.65 and dropped to $65.41, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for MET points out that the company has recorded 4.81% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -83.31% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 4.40M shares, MET reached to a volume of 2191795 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 $71.80 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.

UBS have made an estimate for MetLife Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on April 21, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Piper Sandler raised their target price from $45 to $52. The new note on the price target was released on January 06, 2021, representing the official price target for MetLife Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $39 to $55, while Citigroup kept a Buy rating on MET stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for MetLife Inc. is set at 1.39, 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 0.83, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 29.24. Price to Free Cash Flow for MET in the course of the last twelve months was 5.11.

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 0.44. With this latest performance, MET shares gained by 10.70% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 4.81% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 68.18% 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 61.21, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 61.77, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 59.84 for MetLife Inc. [MET]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 62.44, while it was recorded at 65.77 for the last single week of trading, and 60.21 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 +11.56. MetLife Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +7.97.

Return on Total Capital for MET is now 8.81, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 6.11. 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

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 7.70%.

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

There are presently around $42,825 million, or 77.70% of MET stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MET stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 71,059,433, which is approximately 8.884% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; DODGE & COX, holding 61,528,915 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $4.05 billion in MET stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $3.85 billion in MET stock with ownership of nearly -0.351% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in MetLife Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of November and at the time of the November reporting period, where 494 institutional holders increased their position in MetLife Inc. [NYSE:MET] by around 32,022,093 shares. Additionally, 499 investors decreased positions by around 54,018,459 shares, while 182 investors held positions by with 564,697,843 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 650,738,395 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MET stock had 114 new institutional investments in for a total of 8,089,907 shares, while 65 institutional investors sold positions of 6,092,522 shares during the same period.



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