Several analysts have recently updated their ratings and price targets for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC):

  • 9/26/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth on the back of changes made in product and business mix. In order to shield itself from long-term claims variability, the company has been emphasizing on sale of Life products without long-term guarantees. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines. The company’s Group Protection segment which was challenged earlier, has been recovering. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past 60 days. However, increased expense driven by investment in technology will dent margins over the next many quarters. Declining cash flows are another cause of concern.”
  • 9/21/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $81.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth on the back of changes made in product and business mix. In order to shield itself from long-term claims variability, the company has been emphasizing on sale of Life products without long-term guarantees. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines. The company’s Group Protection segment which was challenged earlier, has been recovering. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past 60 days. However, increased expense driven by investment in technology will dent margins over the next many quarters. Declining cash flows are another cause of concern.”
  • 9/18/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth on the back of changes made in product and business mix. In order to shield itself from long-term claims variability, the company has been emphasizing on sale of Life products without long-term guarantees. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines. The company’s Group Protection segment which was challenged earlier, has been recovering. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past 60 days. However, increased expense driven by investment in technology will dent margins over the next many quarters. Declining cash flows are another cause of concern.”
  • 9/14/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. They now have a $83.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $82.00.
  • 9/12/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $74.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth on the back of changes made in product and business mix. In order to shield itself from long-term claims variability, the company has been emphasizing on sale of Life products without long-term guarantees. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines. The company’s Group Protection segment which was challenged earlier, has been recovering. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past 60 days.”
  • 9/6/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $77.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth on the back of changes made in product and business mix. In order to shield itself from long-term claims variability, the company has been emphasizing on sale of Life products without long-term guarantees. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines. The company’s Group Protection segment which was challenged earlier, has been recovering. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past 60 days.”
  • 9/5/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth on the back of changes made in product and business mix. In order to shield itself from long-term claims variability, the company has been emphasizing on sale of Life products without long-term guarantees. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines. The company’s Group Protection segment which was challenged earlier, has been recovering. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past 30 days.”
  • 8/30/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth, given its focus on reducing exposure to businesses with long-term guarantee. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines.  The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past 30 days. However, increased expense driven by investment in technology will dent margins over the next many quarters. Declining cash flows are also causes of concern.”
  • 8/24/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $76.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth, given its focus on reducing exposure to businesses with long-term guarantee. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines.  In the second-quarter 2017 its earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and grew year over year on the back of on higher premiums, fee income, net investment income as well as other income. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past seven days. “
  • 8/23/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth, given its focus on reducing exposure to businesses with long-term guarantee. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines.  In the second-quarter 2017 its earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and grew year over year on the back of on higher premiums, fee income, net investment income as well as other income. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past seven days.  However, increased expense driven by investment in technology will dent margins over the next many quarters. Its declining cash flows bother.”
  • 8/22/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 8/12/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 8/11/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $84.00 to $85.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 8/8/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $83.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Over the last one year, Lincoln National’s shares have outperformed the industry.  The company is well positioned for long-term growth, given its focus on reducing exposure to businesses with long-term guarantee. It has also streamlined its business by axing unprofitable and non-core lines.  In the second-quarter 2017 its earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and grew year over year on the back of on higher premiums, fee income, net investment income as well as other income. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 over the past seven days.  However, increased expense driven by investment in technology will dent margins over the next many quarters. Its declining cash flows bother.”
  • 8/4/2017 – Lincoln National Corporation had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from $77.00 to $83.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.

Shares of Lincoln National Corporation (LNC) traded down 0.66% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $73.77. The company had a trading volume of 1,072,636 shares. Lincoln National Corporation has a 12-month low of $47.29 and a 12-month high of $75.78. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $69.72 and its 200-day moving average is $68.09. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.34 billion, a PE ratio of 11.24 and a beta of 1.99.

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.85 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.73 by $0.12. Lincoln National Corporation had a net margin of 10.85% and a return on equity of 10.99%. The firm had revenue of $3.58 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.56 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.56 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Lincoln National Corporation will post $7.47 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 1st. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 10th will be paid a dividend of $0.29 per share. This represents a $1.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.57%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, October 6th. Lincoln National Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 17.79%.

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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