Manulife Financial Co. (NYSE:MFC) receives consensus recommendation of “hold” from brokerage houses

Manulife Financial Co. (NYSE:MFC – Get Rated) (TSE:MFC) earned an average “Hold” rating from the twelve research firms currently covering the stock, reports MarketBeat.com. One investment analyst has rated the stock a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the past year is $29.00.

Several research companies have recently commented on MFC. Desjardins increased his price target on Manulife Financial from C$24.00 to C$25.00 in a research note on Monday, August 15. Scotiabank raised Manulife Financial from an “industry performer” rating to an “outperformer than industry” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 27. Finally, National Bank Financial cut its price target on Manulife Financial from C$26.00 to C$25.00 in a research note on Tuesday, July 19.

Institutional Trading of Manulife Financial

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of stocks. Prospera Financial Services Inc purchased a new stake in Manulife Financial during the first quarter for $26,000. Meeder Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in Manulife Financial during the first quarter for $27,000. Artemis Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new share of Manulife Financial stock during the second quarter valued at $30,000. Tradition Wealth Management LLC increased its holding in Manulife Financial stock by 173.9% during the first quarter. Tradition Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,991 shares of the financial services provider valued at $43,000 after buying an additional 1,264 shares last quarter. Finally, MCF Advisors LLC purchased a new share of Manulife Financial stock during the first quarter valued at $43,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 44.50% of the company’s shares.

Manulife Financial Price Performance

MFC shares opened at $15.92 on Friday. Manulife Financial has a 1-year minimum of $15.48 and a 1-year maximum of $22.19. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $17.45 and its 200-day simple moving average is $18.29. The company has a market capitalization of $30.22 billion, a PE ratio of 5.20, a price/earnings growth ratio of 0.65, and a beta of 1.15.

Manulife Financial (NYSE:MFC – Get Rated) (TSE:MFC) last published its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 10. The financial services provider reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.61 for the quarter, beating analyst consensus estimates of $0.60 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $12.04 billion in the quarter, compared to analyst expectations of $11.51 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company made $0.68 of earnings per share. Stock research analysts expect Manulife Financial to post 2.51 EPS for the current year.

Financial Manulife Increases Dividend

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 19. Investors registered on Tuesday, August 23, were paid a dividend of $0.258. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, August 22. This represents an annualized dividend of $1.03 and a yield of 6.48%. This is a boost from Manulife Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.26. Manulife Financial’s dividend payout ratio is 33.66%.

About Manulife Financial

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Manulife Financial Corporation, along with its subsidiaries, offers financial products and services in Asia, Canada, the United States and internationally. The company operates through wealth and asset management businesses; insurance and annuity products; And Corporate and Other segments. The Wealth and Asset Management Business segment offers mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, group savings and retirement products, and institutional asset management services through company-affiliated agents and brokers, brokerage houses and financial advisors, pension plans and banks.

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