Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE:GNW)’s share price was down 3.8% on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $2.26 and last traded at $2.29, with a volume of 5,967,285 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $2.38.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on GNW shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Genworth Financial from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday. BTIG Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $5.00 target price on shares of Genworth Financial in a research report on Friday, April 29th. Compass Point decreased their target price on shares of Genworth Financial from $5.50 to $5.25 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, May 5th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Genworth Financial in a research report on Saturday, April 30th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Genworth Financial presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $6.11.

The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $3.29 and a 200 day moving average price of $2.94. The stock’s market capitalization is $1.17 billion.

Genworth Financial (NYSE:GNW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.03. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.31 earnings per share. The firm earned $1.79 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.15 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 16.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Genworth Financial Inc. will post $0.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in GNW. Pzena Investment Management LLC increased its position in Genworth Financial by 6.9% in the fourth quarter. Pzena Investment Management LLC now owns 8,170,865 shares of the company’s stock valued at $30,477,000 after buying an additional 529,172 shares during the period. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D increased its position in Genworth Financial by 53.8% in the fourth quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D now owns 6,000,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $22,380,000 after buying an additional 2,100,000 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in Genworth Financial by 10.2% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 2,802,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,455,000 after buying an additional 259,500 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley increased its position in Genworth Financial by 13.8% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 2,238,723 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,352,000 after buying an additional 271,861 shares during the period. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its position in Genworth Financial by 75.1% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 1,999,208 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,457,000 after buying an additional 857,308 shares during the period.

Genworth Financial, Inc (Genworth) is a financial security company. The Company provides insurance, wealth management, investment and financial solutions. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had more than 15 million customers, with a presence in more than 25 countries. The Company operates in Insurance, Mortgage Insurance and Corporate and Runoff.

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