MetLife Inc. [MET] is 3.71% higher this YTD. Is it still time to buy?


MetLife Inc. [NYSE: MET] slipped around -0.83 points on Tuesday, while shares priced at $64.81 at the close of the session, down -1.26%. The company report on May 5, 2022 that MetLife Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year ‘Sustained Excellence’ Award.

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MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced that it has received the 2022 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 fourth consecutive year that MetLife has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, and the second year the company has been recognized with the Sustained Excellence designation.

MetLife Inc. stock is now 3.71% up from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. MET Stock saw the intraday high of $67.05 and lowest of $64.2652 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 73.18, which means current price is +5.18% above from all time high which was touched on 04/21/22.

Compared to the average trading volume of 4.47M shares, MET reached a trading volume of 5436136 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say 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 $78.15 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.

Jefferies have made an estimate for MetLife Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on January 26, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Wolfe Research raised their target price to Peer Perform. The new note on the price target was released on January 21, 2022, representing the official price target for MetLife Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $74 to $77, while UBS kept a Buy rating on MET stock. On January 05, 2022, analysts increased their price target for MET shares from 67 to 75.

The Average True Range (ATR) for MetLife Inc. is set at 1.86, with the Price to Sales ratio for MET stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.74. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 0.80, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 24.63. Price to Free Cash Flow for MET in the course of the last twelve months was 4.91.

How has MET stock performed recently?

MetLife Inc. [MET] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -2.75. With this latest performance, MET shares dropped by -8.21% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 1.68% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 0.12% 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 35.88, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 31.38, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 39.65 for MetLife Inc. [MET]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 68.17, while it was recorded at 66.76 for the last single week of trading, and 64.65 for the last 200 days.

MetLife Inc. [MET]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and MetLife Inc. [MET] shares currently have an operating margin of +10.97. MetLife Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +9.41.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 9.23, with Return on Assets sitting at 0.84.

Earnings analysis for MetLife Inc. [MET]

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 9.18%.

Insider trade positions for MetLife Inc. [MET]

There are presently around $40,440 million, or 77.30% of MET stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MET stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 71,686,373, which is approximately -3.365% of the company’s market cap and around 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; DODGE & COX, holding 58,725,183 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $3.85 billion in MET stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $3.74 billion in MET stock with ownership of nearly -1.271% 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 600 institutional holders increased their position in MetLife Inc. [NYSE:MET] by around 28,129,690 shares. Additionally, 501 investors decreased positions by around 41,743,856 shares, while 203 investors held positions by with 546,220,023 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 616,093,569 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MET stock had 150 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,715,958 shares, while 73 institutional investors sold positions of 2,611,102 shares during the same period.