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Manulife Financial Stock Symbol: MFC-T

Last Price Recorded: $22.4400 on 2015-04-25

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Date Signal Expert Opinion Price
2015-04-23 BUY John Zechner

He likes both MFC-T and SLF-T.  He prefers lifecos over banks in Canada.  MFC-T has taken down the sensitivity to the market.  They are in line to hit their 2016 targets that they set a couple of years ago.  The core businesses of both companies look good here.


Price:
$22.240
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
DEFENSIVE
Owned:
Yes
2015-04-23 BUY Greg Newman

Sees 16% in earnings growth over the next couple of years, along with 14% dividend growth. They just combined with an Asian bank to get exclusivity on insurance products. Have stumbled over the last couple of years. EPS has been missing on the core earnings, but they are on track for their 2016 plan. When interest rates go higher, this will be a beneficiary.


Price:
$22.240
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2015-04-16 COMMENT Kash Pashootan

Low interest rates creates a real challenge for lifecos. This one has done a good job of transitioning from an insurance company to being more of a wealth management name. Their US wealth management is about 40% of their overall revenue. The real opportunity for them is in Asia and they have positioned themselves well to really compete in that space. He is looking at this name. 2.8% dividend yield.


Price:
$22.080
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDENDS
Bias:
BEARISH
Owned:
No
2015-04-14 TOP PICK Christine Poole

Thinks they are really position to grow their ROE and their Book Value. These are 2 really important metrics she looks for in a lifeco business. Have done a series of transactions, which underscores management’s focus on long-term growth. Yield of 2.8%.


Price:
$22.130
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2015-04-10 COMMENT David Cockfield

Internationally oriented and exposed. He likes to see operations that are more centred in North America, or even Great Britain and Europe. He would rather go with Canadian-based insurance companies.


Price:
$22.240
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Unknown
2015-04-02 BUY Bill Carrigan

It has been outperforming the financials since 2013.


Price:
$21.560
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
SELECTIVE
Owned:
Unknown
2015-03-16 PAST TOP PICK Bruce Campbell (1)

(A Top Pick March 12/14. Up 4.58%.) He would have thought it would have been 10%. This is a beneficiary of higher rates, and this is why it is kind of flattish. Now that it looks like we are finally going to get higher rates, he expects the stock will end up at $24-$25 a year from now.


Price:
$21.850
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2015-03-16 BUY Bruce Campbell (1)

In lifecos, this would be his favourite. It has the best growth including Asian growth. The catalyst will be that their spreads will widen as rates go up. They are not as sensitive to others as they hedged out in 2008-2009 when rates hit. Starting to give dividend increases which will become more regular. This will give you 8%-10% returns instead of the 5% that we have had.


Price:
$21.850
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2015-03-12 HOLD Christine Poole

Every year we think interest rates are going up and then they don`t.  The insurance companies have these guaranteed products from `08.  She likes this one and the banks as well.  This one is in a holding pattern.


Price:
$21.630
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
SELECTIVE
Owned:
Yes
2015-03-05 COMMENT Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI

Has been pretty frustrating with some pretty big swings between $19 and$22. These business models want 2 things to happen. 1.) Interest rates moving higher and 2) the stock market moving up. These are the 2 biggest inputs.


Price:
$21.270
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2015-03-02 COMMENT Veronika Hirsch

You think of most financials as benefiting from high interest rates, as they are able to capture a higher spread when rates are rising. People like this one as they have a substantial business in the US. They are also able to grow in Asia. As long as you have lower and declining interest rates, that is a headwind for them.


Price:
$21.860
Subject:
CANADIAN & ALTERNATIVE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Unknown
2015-02-25 BUY Michael Sprung

Canadian banks or Manulife (MFC-T)? Until recently, he thought lifecos showed relatively better valuation than banks. The environment has got to the point now where flight to safety might be tilting a little bit more towards banks. Management has done a superb job since they were in trouble previously and had to cut their dividend. Have changed their product mix so that it is a lot less risky and less exposed to equity markets. Have really built up the wealth side of their business giving them good fees.  Expanded in the US through John Hancock and are expanding into Asia quite a bit. A very good long-term hold.


Price:
$21.770
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2015-02-24 PAST TOP PICK Prakash Hariharan

(A Top Pick Nov 4/14. Up 5.2%.) This has to decouple from the interest rate outlook to the value proposition. He thinks there is still upside on the stock. From a pure Book Value, pure Coverage Ratio and pure Earnings Power with its exposure to Asia, it still looks interesting to him.


Price:
$22.010
Subject:
GLOBAL EQUITIES & DIVIDEND PAYING STOCKS
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2015-02-23 BUY Peter Brieger

The lower oil prices hurt some of the holdings.  Business in Europe is picking up.  Once you have had your fill with bank stocks, take a look at this one.


Price:
$21.730
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2015-02-19 COMMENT Don Lato

Just sold his holdings and switched into Sun Life (SLF-T). Both are very fine companies. Sun Life has a little bit higher yield, but trades at a little higher multiple. Both companies will benefit from an eventual increase in rates.


Price:
$22.140
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
No
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