Headlines about Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Lincoln National earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.7894981460443 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Several research firms have recently commented on LNC. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Lincoln National from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, August 12th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Lincoln National from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Citigroup reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $83.00 price objective (up from $82.00) on shares of Lincoln National in a report on Thursday, September 14th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and five 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 $78.70.

Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) traded up $0.95 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $78.54. 1,517,328 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,154,075. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a current ratio of 0.11 and a quick ratio of 0.11. The firm has a market capitalization of $17,186.83, a PE ratio of 10.38, a PEG ratio of 1.18 and a beta of 2.01. Lincoln National has a 52 week low of $61.45 and a 52 week high of $78.73.

Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The financial services provider reported $2.03 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.84 by $0.19. The company had revenue of $3.51 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.62 billion. Lincoln National had a net margin of 10.50% and a return on equity of 11.16%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.89 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Lincoln National will post 7.7 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be given a $0.33 dividend. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.68%. This is a boost from Lincoln National’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.29. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 9th. Lincoln National’s dividend payout ratio is 18.15%.

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Lincoln National 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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