Media stories about Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Lincoln National earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6453715056209 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Lincoln National (LNC) opened at $84.85 on Tuesday. Lincoln National has a 52 week low of $61.45 and a 52 week high of $86.68. The firm has a market capitalization of $18,558.92, a PE ratio of 13.41, a P/E/G ratio of 1.15 and a beta of 2.01. The company has a current ratio of 0.11, a quick ratio of 0.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30.

Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The financial services provider reported $2.03 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.84 by $0.19. Lincoln National had a return on equity of 11.16% and a net margin of 10.50%. The business had revenue of $3.51 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.62 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.89 earnings per share. Lincoln National’s revenue was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Lincoln National will post 7.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be issued a dividend of $0.33 per share. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.56%. This is an increase from Lincoln National’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.29. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 9th. Lincoln National’s dividend payout ratio is currently 20.66%.

Lincoln National announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase plan on Friday, January 19th that authorizes the company to buyback shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the financial services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are usually an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price target on shares of Lincoln National in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised Lincoln National from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $89.00 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $89.00 price target on shares of Lincoln National in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 target price on shares of Lincoln National in a research note on Friday, December 8th. Finally, Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on Lincoln National in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $84.00 target price for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Lincoln National has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $83.27.

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About Lincoln National

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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