1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.47 (-0.9%) to $48.81 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.78-$49.33 after having opened the day at $49.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.28.

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 $54.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 50.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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