MetLife Inc. [NYSE:MET] shares are showing some interesting activity. The company’s daily low is at $38.91 as the high is reaching $39.78.
If readers are not familiar, MetLife Inc. is in the Financial sector under the Insurance – Life industry. This week, we are watching the stock hit price per sales of 0.52 with an earning per share of 7.70.
As a reference point, the S&P 500 is trading 0.55% over the last 52 weeks, while MET stock is trading -10.24%.
Wait and see
Holding a Market Cap of $35.36 billion, MetLife Inc. has seen a trading range over the last year of $22.85-$53.28.
For the last five days, MET is up from its last closing price. The average shares trading hands each day is 5.45M, with average 10-day volume coming in at 4.9 million.
Using a Force Index Indicator is a good way to look at how strong actual buying and selling pressure is for MET. When we apply the Elder Force Index to MetLife Inc., we are seeing an Elder Force Indicator number of 390959.06.
The recent performance of the stock is another area that can tell traders how to proceed. MET is presenting an interesting case. This can be seen in the Forward P/E ratio, which currently stands at 6.47. Moreover, the company’s enterprise value has gone from $62.54B to $54.74B quarter-over-quarter. Obviously, the company is heading in the wrong direction, but there are still opportunities for growth in the sector.
In the last quarter, MET made a profit of 197.0 million. MetLife Inc. also saw quarter revenue growth year over year of 2.47%. In addition, the company has operating cash flow of $12.02 billion.
Looking at popular technical indicators, the company’s 5-day moving average is 38.78 compared to the 50-day moving average of 38.00. So, we are clearly seeing an upward trajectory here.
The Relative Strength Index or RSI is an indicator ranging between 0 and 100 that traders use to determine if a stock is “overbought” or “oversold.” A strong uptrend tending to reach into the “overbought” status is above 70, while a downward trend will stay around the 30 mark. MET currently holds a 9-day RSI of 69.18%, while 100-day RSI stands at 50.44%.
Another indicator we believe is worth keeping tabs on is the Moving Average Convergence Divergence or MACD. Similar to the concept of the Force Index — on the basis of price momentum — the MACD gives traders a tool to measure the turning point of a stock even during rapid fluctuations in price. Buy and sell signals are determined by a stock’s relation to the zero line, so if a stock is above a zero line for many weeks it might be a “buy.” On the other hand, if a stock is below the zero line consistently, it might be one to stay away from. Also, if the MACD line reaches a peak and dips, its momentum may be waning. MET’s 9-day MACD is 1.21 and the company’s 100-day MACD stands at 1.55.
Another area that is important to analyze is insider moves and majority shareholders. While this is not always an error-free way to tell what the future holds for a stock, you can maybe gather important information from reading the tea leaves about who is buying and selling.
The major holders for this stock are 15.54% by insiders and 77.43% by institutions. Regarding institutional holdings, Blackrock Inc. owns 7.71%, while the second top holder, Dodge & Cox Inc, currently owns 7.31%.
Over the last six months, insiders have sold 3,657 with the most recent transaction from Kinney Catherine R, Director, with a sell at price 39.50 per share.
Overall, the recommended rating for MET is Moderate Buy. Currently, the company has 11 analysts watching the stock, and the average quarterly earnings estimate is 1.63. Quarterly revenue estimates are averaging 16.01B with the high estimate reaching 16.39B and the low at 15.48B.
To review, the current 1-year target estimate is sitting at 45.73, while the current price 39.80. Based on this, we expect the stock to rise considering the aforementioned fundamentals.