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How to buy China Life Insurance Company stock

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China Life Insurance Company Limited is an insurance-life business based in the US. China Life Insurance Company shares (LFC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. China Life Insurance Company employs 104,160 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – LFC – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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China Life Insurance Company share price

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China Life Insurance Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-29.
52-week range$8.62 - $13.63
50-day moving average $10.37
200-day moving average $10.99
Wall St. target price$13.59
PE ratio 7.5751
Dividend yield $0.64 (6.23%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.37

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Is China Life Insurance Company under- or over-valued?

Valuing China Life Insurance Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of China Life Insurance Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

China Life Insurance Company's P/E ratio

China Life Insurance Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, China Life Insurance Company shares trade at around 8x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

China Life Insurance Company's PEG ratio

China Life Insurance Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4783. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into China Life Insurance Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

China Life Insurance Company's EBITDA

China Life Insurance Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $74.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a China Life Insurance Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

China Life Insurance Company financials

Revenue TTM $812.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 8.73%
Gross profit TTM $118.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.11%
Return on equity TTM 11.86%
Profit margin 6.19%
Book value $79.62
Market capitalisation $121.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting China Life Insurance Company shares

There are currently 2.4 million China Life Insurance Company shares held short by investors – that's known as China Life Insurance Company's "short interest". This figure is 2.6% up from 2.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting China Life Insurance Company shares can be evaluated.

China Life Insurance Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

China Life Insurance Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of China Life Insurance Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of China Life Insurance Company shares traded daily (recently around 544033.48214286). China Life Insurance Company's SIR currently stands at 4.48. In other words for every 100,000 China Life Insurance Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4480 shares are currently held short.

However China Life Insurance Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of China Life Insurance Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable China Life Insurance Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case China Life Insurance Company's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 China Life Insurance Company shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable China Life Insurance Company shares, roughly 0 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against China Life Insurance Company.

Find out more about how you can short China Life Insurance Company stock.

China Life Insurance Company share dividends

3%

Dividend payout ratio: 3.04% of net profits

Recently China Life Insurance Company has paid out, on average, around 3.04% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.02% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), China Life Insurance Company shareholders could enjoy a 5.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In China Life Insurance Company's case, that would currently equate to about $0.64 per share.

While China Life Insurance Company's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that China Life Insurance Company is investing more in its future growth.

China Life Insurance Company's most recent dividend payout was on 1 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 July 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have China Life Insurance Company's shares ever split?

China Life Insurance Company's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 26 May 2015. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your China Life Insurance Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for China Life Insurance Company shares which in turn could have impacted China Life Insurance Company's share price.

China Life Insurance Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, China Life Insurance Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $8.6221 up to $13.63. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LFC.US volatility(beta: 1.04)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while China Life Insurance Company's is 1.0382. This would suggest that China Life Insurance Company's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

China Life Insurance Company overview

China Life Insurance Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a life insurance company in the People's Republic of China. It operates in four segments: Life Insurance Business, Health Insurance Business, Accident Insurance Business, and Other Businesses. The company offers individual and group life, annuity products, accident, and health insurance products. It is also involved in the third-party asset management, annuity funds, fund management, investment management, pension security, occupational pension, reinsurance, and health management businesses. China Life Insurance Company Limited sells its products through agents, direct sales representatives, and dedicated and non-dedicated agencies. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. China Life Insurance Company Limited is a subsidiary of China Life Insurance (Group) Company Limited.

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