Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC:CA) is one of the best performing stocks in the financial sector in the S&P/TSX Composite Index at the lunch break on September 22. Shares of MFC:CA have climbed 1.05% about halfway through the session to $18.71 after closing the day prior at $18.52. So far, the stock has traded as high as $18.84 and as low as $18.62 in morning action. Today’s advance has come with about 1.9 million shares changing hands, compared to an average 30-day volume of 3.69 million for Manulife Financial Corporation. The price is currently below the 30-day volume weighted average price of $18.75 for MFC:CA.
The share appreciation gives the financial company a market capitalization of $36.54 billion based upon 1.97 billion shares outstanding. It also means that Manulife Financi has a price-to-book ratio of 0.95:1 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.7:1.
In the past 52 weeks, shares of MFC:CA have traded as low as $15.32 and as high as $22.65. Technical traders will take note that at $18.71, shares of MFC:CA are trading above their 200-day MA at $18.08 and above their 50-day MA at $17.64. Technical analysts pay close attention to these key moving averages because they often serve as technical support and resistance levels and because a move through or holding above them is typically regarded as bullish.
Who is Manulife Financi?
Manulife Financial Corp, together with its subsidiaries provides individual life insurance and individual and group long-term care insurance services. Its business segments are Asia Division, Canadian Division, U.S. Division, and Corporate & Other. The company’s 34000 employees are led by CEO Donald A. Guloien from the corporate headquarters at 200 Bloor Street East.
What is the S&P/TSX Composite Index?
Developed and managed by S&P Dow Jones Indices and launched in January 1977, the S&P/TSX Composite is the headline index for the Canadian equity market. Generally, when investors refer to movement in the Canadian markets, they are referring to the S&P/TSX Composite, as it is the broadest index in the S&P/TSX franchise. The index includes more than 230 of the biggest companies traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with financials making up the most heavily weighted sector in the index, followed by energy and materials. The Toronto Stock Exchange serves as the distributor of both real-time and historical data for this index.
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