News stories about Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Lincoln National Corporation earned a daily sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.1206568064737 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Lincoln National Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Citigroup Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price target (up previously from $82.00) on shares of Lincoln National Corporation in a research report on Thursday, September 14th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Lincoln National Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $74.50.

Shares of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) opened at 73.77 on Wednesday. Lincoln National Corporation has a one year low of $47.36 and a one year high of $75.78. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $69.77 and its 200 day moving average price is $68.14. The company has a market capitalization of $16.34 billion, a PE ratio of 11.24 and a beta of 1.99.

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

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 1st. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 10th will be given a dividend of $0.29 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, October 6th. This represents a $1.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.57%. Lincoln National Corporation’s dividend payout ratio 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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