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Manulife Financial Stock Symbol: MFC-T

Last Price Recorded: $18.3900 on 2016-04-29

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Date Signal Expert Opinion Price
2016-04-28 TOP PICK Bruce Campbell (1)

This has pulled back, a lot like US banks. Lifecos are all exposed to interest rates, and get squeezed when rates don’t go up. This has a lot of growth in Asia that is kind of non-interest rate exposed. They also have John Hancock in the US. He is showing 9X earnings and a discount to Book forward, which is as cheap as these things get. It will go back to $21-$22. Dividend yield of 4.03%.


Price:
$18.380
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-04-19 PAST TOP PICK Christine Poole

(A Top Pick April 14/15. Down 13.61%.) This has been very disappointing. Energy exposure in their portfolio has hurt them. Very attractively valued, trading below BV. Longer term she likes their exposure in Asia. Despite a disappointing 4th quarter in February, they raised their dividend by 9%.


Price:
$18.610
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-04-18 DON'T BUY Keith Richards

With insurance, a lot of profitability comes from current interest rates, which are not going up as expected.  We had a break of the trend early this year.  The old support level is the new resistance level.  If it breaks $19-20 it may go back to the old highs, but he would not buy it.


Price:
$18.460
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
BEARISH
Owned:
Unknown
2016-04-13 HOLD Bruce Campbell (2)

Ranks in the middle of the pack. He also likes to see some relative strength before making an investment, and this doesn’t have that yet. If you own, continue to hold. This is one that as the general market improves, you will see some improvement in the lifecos.


Price:
$18.190
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
No
2016-04-12 DON'T BUY David Baskin

(Market Call Minute.) This was the only company that cut its dividend in 2009, so he wouldn’t own it.


Price:
$17.810
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2016-04-07 COMMENT Jon Vialoux

From a seasonal perspective, this tends to peak at around May, but the best month by far is February, which has an 81% frequency of success over the past 16 years. In April and May, the frequency falls to 50%. This stock had a huge decline today of 5.27%, breaking below its major moving averages. It looks like it is on track to test the February low of $15.32. There could be further downside. There is nothing to suggest that the selling is over.


Price:
$17.090
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Unknown
2016-03-31 HOLD Lyle Stein

The insurance companies are held back by negative interest rates.  They need rising interest rates.  This has been a headwind.  He would not look to this name right now.  Banks can better sustain themselves in a low rate environment.  Don’t sell and jump into a bank, though. 


Price:
$18.380
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2016-03-31 PAST TOP PICK Greg Newman

(A Top Pick Jan 30/15. Down 5.11%.) Picked this for its US exposure, and thought it would benefit from the FX and the growth there. Also, for its Asian operations with its growth. He is still very constructive and likes the name.


Price:
$18.380
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND
Bias:
BEARISH on ENERGY
Owned:
Yes
2016-03-30 COMMENT Andy Nasr

You have seen Canadian banks go up, but Canadian insurers got left behind. Insurance companies try to fund liabilities through their assets, and in a low interest rate environment, where you have equity market volatility, it becomes much more difficult to do that. Ideally you want interest rates and equities to go up. He likes the insurance companies here, but thinks you are going to be restrained by the direction of interest rates.


Price:
$18.450
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & REITs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2016-03-28 PAST TOP PICK Michael Sprung

(Top Pick April 28/15, Down 13.71%) Management has done an extremely good job.  They have re-aligned the commissions they pay.  It is selling at a very good multiple, at basically book value.  He would call it a buy today.  It is a good insurance company to hold on to.


Price:
$18.670
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-03-17 DON'T BUY Kash Pashootan

It has been a tough place to make money.  They did a good job of getting into Asia, who are getting older and wealthier quickly.  There are lots of good things going on. He never bought it because he finds more attractive places to be in the space.  It has been in the penalty box since they cut their dividend.  There are better places for capital.


Price:
$18.620
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION
Bias:
SELECTIVE
Owned:
No
2016-03-16 DON'T BUY Colin Fisher

A huge financial company.  They reported recently and had a crushing top line miss.  You cannot suckle on resources as long as we have and not expect some sort of blow back.  Look beyond some of the big banks.  He likes LB-T.


Price:
$18.440
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN & MACRO THEMES
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Unknown
2016-03-10 DON'T BUY Keith Richards

On fundamentals, the challenge is that there is a little bit more time to go in this low rate environment in Canada, and that is not good for their industry. The upward trend line was broken in 2015, and the chart is now showing a couple of lower lows.


Price:
$18.240
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Unknown
2016-03-04 COMMENT David Cockfield

The last earnings report was quite a disappointment. He has been neutral to negative on this company for some time. They keep missing their objectives and did some write-downs. One concern is that a lot of their growth has come out of Asia, particularly China, and the situation there is a bit murky. Prefers Sun Life (SLF-T) or the banks. (See Top Picks.)


Price:
$18.430
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2016-03-01 HOLD Jim Huang

This is a tough call. If you are bent on owning an insurance company, this is probably one of the better ones. Have good assets, a good insurance book and good exposure to equity markets. They lowered their risk profile from 2008. Also, relatively cheap. The bigger concern is whether you should own an insurance company or not. They are heavily leveraged to the interest rate cycle, and every year we have said interest rates have got to go up, but instead they have come down. It’s a slow growth economy, so there is no need for higher interest rates. You are better off with Canadian banks which are cheaper.


Price:
$18.860
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Unknown
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