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How to buy Lincoln National Corporation stock

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Lincoln National Corporation is an insurance—life business based in the US. Lincoln National Corporation shares (LNC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Lincoln National Corporation employs 11,357 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$16.9 billion.

How to buy shares in Lincoln National Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Lincoln National Corporation Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LNC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Lincoln National Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Lincoln National Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Lincoln National Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Lincoln National Corporation share price

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Lincoln National Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$16.1105 - USD$62.95
50-day moving average USD$35.7257
200-day moving average USD$34.3136
Wall St. target priceUSD$44.64
PE ratio 27.6727
Dividend yield USD$1.6 (5.31%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.106

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Is it a good time to buy Lincoln National Corporation stock?

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Lincoln National Corporation price performance over time

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Is Lincoln National Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Lincoln National Corporation's P/E ratio

Lincoln National Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, Lincoln National Corporation shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Lincoln National Corporation's PEG ratio

Lincoln National Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.24. 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 Lincoln National Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Lincoln National Corporation's EBITDA

Lincoln National Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$708 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Lincoln National Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Lincoln National Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$16.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.73%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.12%
Return on equity TTM 1.16%
Profit margin 1.35%
Book value $107.277
Market capitalisation USD$5.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Lincoln National Corporation shares

There are currently 9.9 million Lincoln National Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Lincoln National Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 16.9% up from 8.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Lincoln National Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Lincoln National Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Lincoln National Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Lincoln National Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Lincoln National Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.6 million). Lincoln National Corporation's SIR currently stands at 6.3. In other words for every 100,000 Lincoln National Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6300 shares are currently held short.

However Lincoln National Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Lincoln National Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Lincoln National Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Lincoln National Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lincoln National Corporation shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0587% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lincoln National Corporation shares, roughly 59 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Lincoln National Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Lincoln National Corporation stock.

Lincoln National Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Lincoln National Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Lincoln National Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.6

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Lincoln National Corporation's overall score of 23.6 (as at 08/01/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Lincoln National Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Lincoln National Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 3.21/100

Lincoln National Corporation's environmental score of 3.21 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lincoln National Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Lincoln National Corporation's social score

Social score: 9.43/100

Lincoln National Corporation's social score of 9.43 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lincoln National Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Lincoln National Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 10.95/100

Lincoln National Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Lincoln National Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Lincoln National Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Lincoln National Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Lincoln National Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Lincoln National Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 23.6
Total ESG percentile 28.88
Environmental score 3.21
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 9.43
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 10.95
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 2

Lincoln National Corporation share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 140% of net profits

Recently Lincoln National Corporation has paid out, on average, around 140% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.31% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Lincoln National Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 5.31% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Lincoln National Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.6 per share.

Lincoln National Corporation's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Lincoln National Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 1 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Lincoln National Corporation's shares ever split?

Lincoln National Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 22 June 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Lincoln National Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Lincoln National Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Lincoln National Corporation's share price.

Lincoln National Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Lincoln National Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $16.1105 up to $62.95. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LNC.US volatility(beta: 2.17)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 Lincoln National Corporation's is 2.1706. This would suggest that Lincoln National Corporation's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Lincoln National Corporation overview

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. It operates through four segments: Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection. The Annuities segment offers variable, fixed, and indexed variable annuities. The Retirement Plan Services segment provides employers with retirement plan products and services primarily in the defined contribution retirement plan marketplace. This segment offers individual and group variable annuities, group fixed annuities, and mutual fund-based programs; and a range of plan services, including plan recordkeeping, compliance testing, participant education, and trust and custodial services. The Life Insurance segment provides life insurance products, including term insurance, such as single and survivorship versions of universal life insurance; variable universal life insurance; indexed universal life insurance products; and critical illness and long-term care riders. The Group Protection segment offers group non-medical insurance products comprising short and long-term disability, statutory disability and paid family medical leave administration and absence management services, term life, dental, vision and accident, and critical illness benefits and services to the employer marketplace through various forms of employee-paid and employer-paid plans. The company distributes its products through consultants, brokers, planners, agents, financial advisors, third-party administrators, and other intermediaries. Lincoln National Corporation was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

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