Analysts predict that MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) will post $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have made estimates for MetLife’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.86 and the highest is $1.00. MetLife reported earnings per share of $1.28 during the same quarter last year, which suggests a negative year-over-year growth rate of 29.7%. The company is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Wednesday, November 1st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that MetLife will report full-year earnings of $4.21 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.17 to $4.25. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $4.73 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.61 to $4.80. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for MetLife.

MetLife (NYSE:MET) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.28 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $17.39 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $17.11 billion. MetLife had a return on equity of 8.51% and a net margin of 0.30%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.83 EPS.

MET has been the subject of several recent research reports. TheStreet cut shares of MetLife from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Monday, August 21st. BidaskClub cut shares of MetLife from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of MetLife from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 27th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) initiated coverage on shares of MetLife in a research report on Wednesday. They set a “conviction-buy” rating and a $61.00 target price for the company. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $63.00 target price (up previously from $61.00) on shares of MetLife in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. MetLife currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $57.62.

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A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MET. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in MetLife by 3,323.3% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 68,475,870 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,616,895,000 after purchasing an additional 66,475,603 shares in the last quarter. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. bought a new position in MetLife during the 2nd quarter worth about $183,290,000. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in MetLife by 3.0% during the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 65,364,620 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,452,559,000 after purchasing an additional 1,885,246 shares in the last quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in MetLife by 47.7% during the 2nd quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 5,201,238 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $285,756,000 after purchasing an additional 1,679,740 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new position in MetLife during the 1st quarter worth about $82,954,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 74.22% of the company’s stock.

Shares of MetLife (NYSE MET) traded up 0.57% during trading on Friday, hitting $53.29. The company had a trading volume of 4,300,265 shares. The stock has a market cap of $56.64 billion, a PE ratio of 626.94 and a beta of 1.47. MetLife has a 12-month low of $40.53 and a 12-month high of $53.58. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $50.77 and a 200 day moving average of $48.11.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc is a provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The Company’s segments include U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); MetLife Holdings, and Corporate & Other. Its U.S. segment is organized into Group Benefits, Retirement and Income Solutions and Property & Casualty businesses.

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