Headlines about Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Lincoln National earned a news impact score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.5244837663489 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
- Lincoln Financial Group to Be Presenting Sponsor of Eagles Autism Challenge (finance.yahoo.com)
- Lincoln National Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (LNC) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Stocks With Rising Relative Strength: Lincoln National (finance.yahoo.com)
- Lincoln National Co. (LNC) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
- Lincoln Financial, DowDuPont & SPDR Financial ETF (XLF) (finance.yahoo.com)
Lincoln National (NYSE LNC) opened at $84.37 on Friday. Lincoln National has a twelve month low of $61.45 and a twelve month high of $84.75. The firm has a market capitalization of $18,460.00, a PE ratio of 13.16, a PEG ratio of 1.15 and a beta of 2.01. The company has a quick ratio of 0.11, a current ratio of 0.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30.
Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The financial services provider reported $2.03 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.84 by $0.19. Lincoln National had a return on equity of 11.16% and a net margin of 10.50%. The firm had revenue of $3.51 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.62 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.89 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Lincoln National will post 7.72 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be given a dividend of $0.33 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 9th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.56%. This is a boost from Lincoln National’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.29. Lincoln National’s dividend payout ratio is presently 20.59%.
Several analysts have weighed in on LNC shares. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 target price on shares of Lincoln National in a research note on Friday, December 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Lincoln National from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, September 21st. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Lincoln National from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on shares of Lincoln National in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $84.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price target on shares of Lincoln National in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Lincoln National has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $83.27.
Lincoln National Company Profile
Lincoln National Corporation is a holding company, which operates insurance and retirement businesses through subsidiary companies. The Company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions, through its business segments. The Company operates through four segments: Annuities segment, which offers fixed (including indexed) and variable annuities; Retirement Plan Services segment, which provides employers with retirement plan products and services; Life Insurance segment, which focuses on the creation and protection of wealth through life insurance products, and Group Protection, which offers principally group non-medical insurance products.
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