2. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.64 (1.42) to $45.70 on average volume Thus far, 4.5 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.15-$45.96 after having opened the day at $45.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.06.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $47.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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