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Manulife Financial Corporation (NYSE: MFC) Is Up 7.85% Year-To-Date, But Analysts Find Room For A Price Rally

Manulife Financial Corporation (NYSE:MFC) traded at $19.14 at last check on Tuesday, 01/24/23, made a downward move of -0.52% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $19.24 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.15 with the day’s price range being $18.99 – $19.30. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 6.90. In terms of its 52-week price range, MFC has a high of $22.19 and a low of $14.92. The company’s stock has gained about 7.13% over that past 30 days.

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Manulife Financial Corporation has a market cap of $35.15 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Feb 07, 2023 – Feb 13, 2023. With its Forward Dividend at 0.98 and a yield of 5.10%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the MFC stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.53, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $2.28 for 2022 and $2.4 for next year. These figures represent -11.30% and 5.30% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2022 is expected to hit $54.09 billion, or 10.60% up from figures reported last year.

There have been no upward and no downward revisions for the stock’s EPS in last 7 days, something that reflects the nature of company’s price movement in short term. On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the MFC stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 100% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 100% Buy. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 50% Buy.

Based on estimates by 16 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 9 have rated the Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC) stock as a Hold, while 3 rate it as a Buy. 3 analyst(s) rate it as overweight while 0 of them rated it as underweight, whereas 1 suggest the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Hold and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the MFC stock currently stands at 1.14, and the most recent price level today is 3.77% off its SMA20 and 6.33% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 65.26 while the volatility over the past week is 1.67% and jumps to 1.57% over the past one month. The beta value is 1.13, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 0.32. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $20.10, with the estimates having a low of $18.47 and a high of $23.20. These price ends are 3.5% and -21.21% off the today’s price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -3.61% if the MFC share price touches on the median price of $19.83.

Let’s briefly compare Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of -0.52% and -4.09% over the past 12 months for MFC competes that of Aegon N.V. (AEG), which has seen its stock price fall -0.37% in the latest trading session and is -2.86% over the last one year. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at -1.43% and -1.17%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to Manulife Financial Corporation (NYSE:MFC), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 3.17 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 2.4 million. Current shares outstanding are 1.90 billion.

The insiders hold 0.01% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 53.70%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 20.74 million at a short ratio of 5.16. This represents a 1.10% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short fall in October from the previous month at 35.54 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock 7.85% up in year-to-date price movement.

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