Drilling Down Into MetLife, Inc. (MET)

MetLife, Inc. (MET) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Life Insurance. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $50.56, down from yesterday’s close by -0.61%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

MetLife, Inc. (MET) currently trades with a market capitalization of $53.53 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 1.69 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $15.87 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.08 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.29% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

Sometimes, we can understand most about a stock by simply looking at how it has been trading. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, MetLife, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $55.91. It is now trading 5.35% off that level. The stock is trading $52.67 its 50-day moving average by 2.11%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $44.18.

In recent action, MetLife, Inc. (MET) has made a move of -5.81% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 19.03, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 1.34% with $895.29 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of MET.

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