Great-West Lifeco Inc (TSE:GWO) – Investment analysts at National Bank Financial lifted their Q1 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Great-West Lifeco in a report issued on Tuesday. National Bank Financial analyst G. Dechaine now anticipates that the company will post earnings of $0.74 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.72. National Bank Financial has a “Outperform” rating and a $39.00 price target on the stock. National Bank Financial also issued estimates for Great-West Lifeco’s Q2 2018 earnings at $0.74 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $2.99 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $3.27 EPS.

GWO has been the subject of a number of other reports. CSFB increased their target price on Great-West Lifeco from C$37.00 to C$39.00 in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Royal Bank of Canada increased their target price on Great-West Lifeco from C$35.00 to C$36.00 in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Barclays increased their target price on Great-West Lifeco from C$37.00 to C$38.00 in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Eight Capital lowered their target price on Great-West Lifeco from C$38.00 to C$37.00 in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of C$37.45.

Great-West Lifeco (TSE:GWO) opened at C$35.17 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $34,770.00, a P/E ratio of 14.30 and a beta of 0.67. Great-West Lifeco has a 52-week low of C$33.01 and a 52-week high of C$37.79.

Great-West Lifeco (TSE:GWO) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported C$0.59 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of C$0.70 by C($0.11). Great-West Lifeco had a net margin of 6.25% and a return on equity of 11.81%.

In related news, Director James Mahase Singh purchased 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was bought at an average cost of C$35.05 per share, for a total transaction of C$35,050.00. Also, insider Helen Ruth Kasdorf sold 2,280 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$35.50, for a total value of C$80,940.00.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th were given a $0.367 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $1.47 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.17%. Great-West Lifeco’s dividend payout ratio is presently 58.82%.

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Great-West Lifeco Company Profile

Great-West Lifeco Inc (Lifeco) is a financial services holding company. The Company has interests in the life insurance, health insurance, asset management, investment and retirement savings, and reinsurance businesses. It operates through four operating segments: Canada, United States, Europe and Lifeco Corporate.

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