Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE:GNW) shares were up 3.8% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $2.56 and last traded at $2.44, with a volume of 4,765,989 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $2.35.

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

The stock’s market cap is $1.28 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $3.19 and its 200 day moving average is $2.92.

Genworth Financial (NYSE:GNW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.03. The firm earned $1.79 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.15 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.31 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 16.4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Genworth Financial Inc. will post $0.82 EPS for the current year.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in GNW. Comerica Bank raised its position in shares of Genworth Financial by 192.0% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 347,973 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,075,000 after buying an additional 228,794 shares in the last quarter. Deimos Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Genworth Financial during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,223,000. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Genworth Financial by 31.0% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 333,054 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,242,000 after buying an additional 78,807 shares in the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Genworth Financial by 528.6% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 335,787 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,252,000 after buying an additional 282,366 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Treasurer State of Michigan raised its position in shares of Genworth Financial by 4.7% in the fourth quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 377,362 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,408,000 after buying an additional 17,018 shares in the last quarter.

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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