Lincoln National Corp (LNC)

LNC (NYSE:Insurance) EQUITY
$46.43
pos +0.00
+0.00%
Today's Range: 0.00 - 0.00 | LNC Avg Daily Volume: 2,338,200
Last Update: 08/25/16 - 3:59 PM EDT
Volume: 0
YTD Performance: -7.62%
Open: $0.00
Previous Close: $46.43
52 Week Range: $30.39 - $57.54
Oustanding Shares: 232,795,337
Market Cap: 10,687,633,922
6-Month Chart
TheStreet Ratings Grade for LNC
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
Strong Buy 2 2 4 4
Moderate Buy 1 1 1 1
Hold 6 6 6 6
Moderate Sell 0 0 0 0
Strong Sell 0 0 0 0
Mean Rec. 2.39 2.39 2.14 2.14
Latest Dividend: 0.25
Latest Dividend Yield: 2.18%
Dividend Ex-Date: 10/05/16
Price Earnings Ratio: 10.98
Price Earnings Comparisons:
LNC Sector Avg. S&P 500
10.98 11.00 12.90
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
1.29% -1.78% 5.07%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue 0.10 0.20 0.06
Net Income -23.80 -0.10 -0.04
EPS -20.50 0.00 -0.01
Earnings for LNC:
EBITDA 1.70B
Revenue 13.57B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (09/16) Qtr (12/16) FY (12/16) FY (12/17)
Average Estimate $1.61 $1.64 $6.06 $6.78
Number of Analysts 6 5 6 6
High Estimate $1.65 $1.73 $6.20 $7.00
Low Estimate $1.55 $1.55 $5.91 $6.50
Prior Year $1.11 $1.54 $5.46 $6.06
Growth Rate (Year over Year) 44.89% 6.62% 10.99% 11.94%
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By

Doug Kass

 | Aug 16, 2016 | 11:23 AM EDT
I'm picking at more shares of Hartford Financial (HIG) this morning.
By

Doug Kass

 | Aug 4, 2016 | 11:31 AM EDT
With the Bank of England easing monetary policy today, I'd like to point out that life insurance is the most-exposed sector to lower rates. (The second-most-exposed one is banking).
By

Doug Kass

 | Aug 3, 2016 | 8:46 AM EDT
Hartford's second-quarter miss was materially a function of weak results in the company's auto-insurance business, which faced "loss-cost" issues for current and prior-year claims. However, HIG lifted auto-insurance rates early this year. Because most auto policies are annual, the resulting margin improvement should begin to appear in 2017's second half. Hartford's earnings shortfall also partly reflected special charges for exposure to asbestos/environmental, catastrophic experiences, etc. Many of the firm's other business lines (group benefits, mutual funds and runoff business Talcott) performed as expected. HIG has had to deal with the continued adverse impact of low interest rates, which are hurting all insurers by reducing reinvestment opportunities. Importantly, forward-looking premium renewals were in line. Hartford's core small-commercial-insurance business also remains a "plum" even though it faces increased competition from Chubb (CB) . Hartford's overall commercial business faced difficult comps in the second quarter due to lower property costs and favorable weather a year earlier. However, the unit continues to thrive amid mild competition that allows for a good rate backdrop. The line's expenses have temporarily risen as HIG makes long-term technology investments, but these wi
By

Roger Arnold

 | Jul 26, 2016 | 3:00 PM EDT
Investors may finally be catching up to it.
By

Doug Kass

 | Jul 20, 2016 | 11:11 AM EDT
The "B" shares of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)  (BRK.B) Coca-Cola (

bearishLincoln Financial downgraded at Goldman

Jul 15, 2016 | 7:17 AM EDT
LNC was downgraded to Neutral, Goldman Sachs said. $46 price target. Company lacks near-term catalysts.
By

Doug Kass

 | Jul 12, 2016 | 5:10 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar weakened a tad. The price of crude oil rose by over $2 to $46.79. Gold fell by $22.70 to $1,333. The commodity broke out at $1,300, so support seems to be there. Agricultural commodities: wheat +6, corn +5, soybean +31 (!), oats flat. Lumber +3. Bonds schmeissed. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) down $2.20. The yield on the 10-year rose by eight basis points to 1.51%. The long bond yield rose nine basis points to 2.23%. The 2s/10s rose to 84 basis points. Municipals were hit small, but closed-end funds got smashed. Several muni bond funds were down by more than 2%. High yield was stronger, despite the decline in the taxable fixed-income market. Banks continued higher. So did brokerages and insurance, led by Goldman Sachs (GS) , up $5, and Lincoln National (LNC) , up $1.85.. Retail was mixed, led by Nike (NKE) to the upside and Home Depot (HD) and Walmart (WMT) to the downside Biotech disappointed. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was up only $1.50. After the close Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) raised guidance. Autos continued strong down the track. I covered most of my auto shorts in the Brexit period and I am close to re-shorting on the recent strength. Peak autos, I say, again. Ag equipment, which was sold on the rumor of a big crop, was bought on that news today. Staples did little. Old tech was broadly higher, with IBM (IBM) leading to the upside. Media was weak, with Disney (DIS) barely up and Comcast (CMCSA) (recently covered) lower. (T)FANG was disappointing. Telsa (TSLA) and Amazon (AMZN) were lower. Trade of the Week, short Netflix (NFLX) , was up a beaner. In individual stocks, DD was the world's fair (now up $5 from my incremental buy last week) as was Radian Group (RDN) , up another 4% and now up 18% since last week's inclusion as Trade of the Week. Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) was flat, and so was Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) (disappointing, considering its insurance peers' strength). Starbucks (SBUX) , a short, hurt me (up $1.10). Another short, Apple (AAPL) , was up a large fraction. Here are some fine and value-added contributions from our peeps today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer really likes Alcoa (AA) , and because of it I am doing more serious work on this name now.  Tim "Not Judy or Phil" Collins takes a non-consensus view on Delta Air Lines (DAL) ; I like this piece.  Tom Graff on what would it take for rates to rise.  Say it ain't so -- Ben "Goldfinger" Cross says gold is looking wobbly. Honest and flexible, Ben, in his approach to the precious commodity.  Tony Owusu takes a look at Amazon's Prime Day.   
By

Doug Kass

 | Jul 6, 2016 | 4:51 PM EDT
The U.S. currency weakened. The price of crude oil rallied by 67 cents after yesterday's schmeissing. Gold climbed by five bucks to $1,364. Agricultural commodities: wheat -6, corn -9, soybean flattish after yesterday's crash, oats +2. Bonds were flat after starting the day strong. The yield on the 10-year note and long bond were up one basis point to 1.38% and 2.14%, respectively. The 2s/10s spread was down to eighty basis points. Municipals were well-bid. Closed-end muni bond funds were mixed. The high-yield bond market prospered again. Banks were up, but not considerably. They seem to be laboring under the obvious pressures. Brokerages were flattish, disappointing after the schmeissing recently. The same applies to life insurance stocks, which can't get out of their own way. Now we have 30% plus gain in our shorts of Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET), which is a good thing. Retail was higher after serial weakness this year. My shorts Nordstrom (JWN) and Foot Locker (FL) were up large fractions. Home Depot (HD) retains sector leadership, but Bruce Kamich disses Lowe's (LOW).  Auto stocks are laboring under a peak print months ago in the seasonally adjusted annual rate; after the close, S&P lowered its auto sales forecasts. Energy stocks were mixed to higher. Old tech was dull with little price movement. Staples were stable. Media was quiet, though my short Disney (DIS) was up 60 cents. A nice boost in biotech. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) was up $5 and from these levels I could see some continued strength. Valeant (VRX) was an upside feature, rising more than 15%. (T)FANG was led by Facebook (FB) and Amazon (AMZN). In individual stocks, my long fav DuPont was weak (I am buying), Twitter (TWTR) was flat, Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) was down a half buck and Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) was slightly higher on the day. My short Apple (AAPL) up 50 cents. Away from our site here are two good reads: Andrew Sorkin's summer reading list.  Knowledge@Wharton on China's debt load.  There also was a lot of value-added product on our site today: Spy vs. Spy on oil with Jim "El Capitan" Cramer and Tim "Not Judy or Phil" Collins.  Ben "Goldfinger" Cross is long and strong gold.  Mike "Stormin" Norman lives up to his name as he
By

Doug Kass

 | Jul 5, 2016 | 3:56 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar strengthened. This is bearish for economic activity, commodities prices and profits. The price of crude oil got hit ... hard. At $46.50, it's down $2.50 on the day. Gold was up $18 to $1,357. Hey, Mikey, he likes it! Agricultural commodities: wheat +2, corn -9.50, soybean -60.50(!!), oats -1. Lumber +7. Bonds continued to ramp in price and move lower in yield. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was down $2.00. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note fell by nine basis points to 1.37%.  As I mentioned earlier, that's a 63-year low in yield. The long bond yield declined by 11 basis points to 2.14%. The 2s/10s spread flattened to another low at 82 basis points. Municipals were well-bid today. Closed-end muni bond funds were only slightly higher in price, though. The high-yield bond market continues to move with equities -- in this case, lower. Bank stocks are the negative feature in the market today, with declines of 3% to 4%. It's much worse (down 5% to 10%) in EU banking shares. Brokerages equal schmeissburger. Life insurance stocks were taken to the woodshed. My shorts Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET) were down $2 apiece, and my long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) fell $1.30; I have been adding. Retail was weaker after being weak all year; my short Nordstrom (JWN) was off 80 cents. Best Buy (BBY), Macy's (M) and Nike (NKE) were all worse off than Friday's close. My short Foot Locker (FL) was essentially unchanged. Old tech was weak but not materially so. Biotech was weak, though down less than 1%. Allergan (AGN) was up $2.50, though Valeant (VRX) hits new lows; more speculative biotech was much lower. Autos are tanking further, and so are housing stocks. Both groups have rolled over badly despite some sponsorship from "value investors." Ag equipment stocks were punished, with my short Caterpillar (CAT) down two beaners and Deere (DE) off $1.50. They must be watching the 60-cent decline in the price of soybeans!  Moreover, dealer sales continue to founder and the strength of our currency is like a dagger in the hearts of these stocks. Staples remain an upside feature. (T)FANG was under pressure. Tesla (TSLA) is a dog with fleas, lower for the second day in a row. Needham cut Netflix (NFLX), but it was still up 1% on the day. In individual stocks, Twitter (TWTR) was down nearly 1% but Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) was flat. My long fav DuPont (DD) was down $1.25 and approaching my buy level after I sold some off in the high $60s. I live in the $61 to $62 area, Apple (AAPL) again is breaking down, off almost a beaner.  Disney (DIS) shares are suffering under some weak movie experiences; that chart, too, looks like it is rolling over.  Here are some value added posts on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer chimes in on Deutsche Bank, the canary in the coal mine.  "Meet" Bret Jensen makes a second-half forecast.  Tim "Not Judy or Phil" Collins likes the Valeant chart. At some point there could be value, but the prospects for asset sales and writedowns and a $31-billion debt load in the face of eroding fundamentals makes me pass. Tom Graff likes bonds.  Rev Shark on the challenging markets.
By

Doug Kass

 | Jul 1, 2016 | 4:56 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar weakened. The price of crude oil rose by 83 cents to $49.15. Gold roared ahead, up $25 to $1,345 as it breakouts from the $1,300 level. Agricultural commodities got schmeissed across the board: wheat -16, corn -4, soybean -16 and oats -7. Bonds continued to ramp. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was up $1.68. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note dropped by four basis points to 1.46% after hitting 1.40% early in the morning. The long bond yield declined by seven basis points to a 2.24% yield. The 2s/10s spread declined to a new record low of 85 basis points. Not good for financials that borrow short and lend longer and that have an asset-sensitive balance sheet. Municipal bonds were down small but closed-end funds traded somewhat higher. High-yield bonds were mixed. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) was up a dime and back to $14.50 in the search for yield. Banks disappointed for the second day in a row, as I suggested in my Sell Banks post yesterday morning. http://realmoneypro.thestreet.com/dougs-daily-diary?published[value][date]=2016-06-30#why-im-not-bank-20160630 All major money center banks were lower today. After the close Warren Buffett filed for permission to go over 10% of Wells Fargo's (WFC) ownership, though he currently doesn't have an intention to do so. He is averaging down! Brokerage stocks also were lower, but marginally so. Insurance stocks also stunk after a feeble rally from large declines in the last week. I remain short Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET). Retail was mixed to higher. Shorts Nordstrom (JWN) and Foot Locker (FL) didn't do a damn thing. Old tech flat lined. Autos rallied small but could get hit on the after-the-close news. I covered much of my shorts in the belly of Monday's declines. I am a short seller on strength now. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was up $5. Allergan (AGN) rose $3 and there were good gains for value plays Celgene (CELG) and Gilead Sciences (GILD). Energy and media were mixed. Ag equipment was mixed. Caterpillar (CAT) was up a half a buck but Deere (DE) was down after a Morgan Stanley downgrade yesterday. (T)FANG returned to favor, led by Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOGL) and Netflix (NFLX), which caught an upgrade. Staples quieted down. In individual stocks, Twitter (TWTR) is making a move back toward some previous resistance (I added). My longs DuPont (DD) and Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) showed little movement. Here are some value-added contributions on our site: 1. Jim "EL Capitan " Cramer gets toothy.  He also chimes on Tesla's (TSLA) accident.   Again, Tom Graff on bonds and Tim "Not Phil or Judy" Collins on bond spreads.  Eric Jackson on the impact of the Lions Gate (LGF) deal on Viacom (VIAB).  Rev Shark on correction risks.
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