Manulife Financial (MFC) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Accern Reports

News articles about Manulife Financial (NYSE:MFC) (TSE:MFC) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Manulife Financial earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.7362827578364 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

MFC has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Manulife Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Manulife Financial from $26.00 to $27.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Manulife Financial from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 18th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $25.00.

Manulife Financial (NYSE MFC) traded up $0.05 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $20.91. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,150,063 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,370,759. Manulife Financial has a twelve month low of $16.62 and a twelve month high of $21.69. The stock has a market capitalization of $41,595.32, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.15, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.27 and a beta of 1.33.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be paid a $0.1606 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 20th. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.07%. Manulife Financial’s payout ratio is 45.71%.

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About Manulife Financial

Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC) is a holding company of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (MLI), which is a life insurance company, and John Hancock Reassurance Company Ltd. (JHRECO), which is a reinsurance company. The Company operates as a financial services company with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.

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