News headlines about Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. 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 headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.5733820070155 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) traded down $0.13 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $76.36. 1,629,336 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,185,984. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 0.10 and a current ratio of 0.10. Lincoln National has a 1-year low of $61.45 and a 1-year high of $86.68. The firm has a market cap of $16,694.52, a PE ratio of 8.26, a PEG ratio of 1.13 and a beta of 1.97.

Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $1.98 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.94 by $0.04. Lincoln National had a net margin of 14.48% and a return on equity of 10.86%. The business had revenue of $3.78 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.65 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.77 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.3% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Lincoln National will post 8.5 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 1st. Investors of record on Tuesday, April 10th will be issued a $0.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 9th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.73%. Lincoln National’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 14.29%.

Lincoln National announced that its board has authorized a share buyback program on Friday, January 19th that permits the company to repurchase outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the financial services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on LNC. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 target price on shares of Lincoln National in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. ValuEngine raised shares of Lincoln National from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Deutsche Bank began coverage on shares of Lincoln National in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $84.00 target price on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Lincoln National from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $87.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Lincoln National from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $83.33.

In related news, CEO Dennis R. Glass sold 102,367 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.71, for a total value of $8,671,508.57. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Randal J. Freitag sold 31,657 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.32, for a total transaction of $2,669,318.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 167,736 shares of company stock worth $14,032,099. Corporate insiders own 1.12% of the company’s stock.

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About Lincoln National

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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