Press coverage about Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. 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 Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.039368647417 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Barclays PLC increased their price objective on shares of Lincoln National Corporation from $84.00 to $85.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Wells Fargo & Company restated a “hold” rating on shares of Lincoln National Corporation in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Lincoln National Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price objective on shares of Lincoln National Corporation from $77.00 to $83.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Lincoln National Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $73.40.

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) traded up 0.12% on Thursday, reaching $67.86. 1,887,054 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a market cap of $15.03 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.34 and a beta of 1.99. Lincoln National Corporation has a 12-month low of $44.74 and a 12-month high of $75.78. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $70.89 and a 200 day moving average price of $68.17.

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.85 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.73 by $0.12. The business had revenue of $3.58 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.56 billion. Lincoln National Corporation had a net margin of 10.85% and a return on equity of 10.99%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.56 EPS. Analysts forecast that Lincoln National Corporation will post $7.47 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 1st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 10th will be issued a $0.29 dividend. This represents a $1.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.71%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, October 6th. Lincoln National Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 17.79%.

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Lincoln National Corporation Company Profile

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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