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Manulife Financial Stock Symbol: MFC-T

Last Price Recorded: $25.3000 on 2017-08-17

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Date Signal Expert Opinion Price
2017-08-18 DON'T BUY Norman Levine

He owns others instead.  It comes down to quality of management and an ill-timed acquisition of John Hancock.  It continues to underperform and they may now spin it out or sell it.  It continues not to be a good performer.  They have hedged away a lot of the benefit they will get from rising bond prices.


Price:
$0.000
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
SELECTIVE
Owned:
No
2017-08-11 COMMENT David Cockfield

Not his favourite company. It is difficult to project what their next quarterly earnings are going to be. His big concern is where their growth is coming from. He isn’t a positive investor in the far east. Prefers Sun Life (SLF-T) because it is mainly North American/Europe.


Price:
$24.880
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-08-10 BUY Robert Lauzon

He prefers this to SLF-T.  He likes the franchise they are building in Asia, but that is a 10 year outlook.  It sold off on news after a good quarter.  There’s profit taking going on today.  There seems to be no near term catalyst on the disposition of the Hancock division.


Price:
$24.430
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Unknown
2017-08-04 COMMENT Don Vialoux

This has recently moved into a multi-year high. Technically, the trend is up, and the stock is outperforming the TSE Composite. Momentum indicators are also very positive. On a seasonal basis, this has reached a peak around late July. It is not unusual for stock after a nice run to reach a peak some time right around this time of year. You may want to take some money off the table. For a longer-term perspective, you could stick with the stock, with the idea of buying some more during its next period of seasonal strength, the middle to the end of October.


Price:
$25.880
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2017-08-03 DON'T BUY Paul Gardner, CFA

It is struggling to go higher.  When interest rates go up it is even better for lifecos than the banks.  It is a perfect storm for these when rates go up and markets go up.  The financial industry is getting lower margins now, however.  They are not making a lot in John Hancock and are looking to sell it.  They want to push it in to Asia and make a go of it there.  It is into a bad time, but you have to pick the right one.  He prefers Great West Life (GWO-T).


Price:
$25.700
Subject:
REITS, INCOME STOCKS & HIGH YIELD BONDS
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-07-26 COMMENT David Cockfield

His main concern about this is their focus in the Far East, particularly China. He doesn’t trust some of the foreign regimes to stay out of the business. If you are into those areas, you have added a political risk. This company has perked up recently. It’s not a bad company, but the exposure in the Far East has added an element of risk that he is not willing to accept.


Price:
$25.380
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2017-07-21 PAST TOP PICK Michael Sprung

(A Top Pick Aug 24/16. Up 48.26%.) Good management. New CEO has a lot of Asian experience. There has been recent speculation that the company may sell off some of the less performing assets that they’ve had in the US.


Price:
$25.250
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-07-20 DON'T BUY Mohsin Bashir

It was fairly unloved for some time and he took a position.  He bought it looking for a rising rate environment.  He started seeing technical indicators showing a resistance level about where it is now.  He decided to harvest the profits and move on to greater opportunities even though it seemed just to be forming a base.


Price:
$25.310
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
SELECTIVE
Owned:
No
2017-07-18 COMMENT Barry Schwartz

Would prefer the Canadian banks. Lifecos are difficult to analyse. This has gotten so big that is time for them to prune some assets, so selling off their US assets may be a smart idea. He is not so sure this is going to benefit much from rising rates.


Price:
$24.950
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2017-07-17 PARTIAL SELL Don Vialoux

There are unconfirmed reports that it is going to spin off or sell the John Hancock unit in the US.  Seasonality is from mid-September until the end of the year.  It has gone sideways ever since.  It has recently been testing its all time high.  It is outperforming the market and trading above the 20 & 50 day moving overages.  This will probably go down with the market.  It is a good time to take money off the table if you are a trader.


Price:
$25.100
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2017-07-13 COMMENT Paul Harris, CFA

There was a report today that they are considering spinning off their John Hancock division in the US. He has a tough time with the insurance industry. Even though rates are going up, they are going up very slowly, which is the difficult part about this business. On a multiple basis they are relatively cheap. Their core insurance business is going to take a long time to get to the kind of rate of returns they are talking about. They have a great undervalued franchise in Asia, which is where there is going to be a lot of growth. Spends a lot of time and money in growing the asset management business, an area where you could see really good growth.


Price:
$25.220
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN/GLOBAL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2017-07-12 BUY Brian Madden

He likes this. It has traded in a sort of sideways trade since the US election. Thinks investors have taken the view that this is sympathetic to the interest rates trade. It has been in a bit of a holding pattern since December until quite recently. With the bond market in a bit of a selloff mode and the recent rate hikes, their macro tailwind is in force once again. This is increasingly a play on Asia, and they are a dominant player in many of their markets there. Not expensive at 11.5X earnings and yielding 3.5%.


Price:
$24.740
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-07-06 COMMENT Jim Huang

A great global franchise, and has made some very good strides since the financial crisis. Part of the reason the stock has not gone up is because of a lot of noise, a lot of moving pieces in their earnings. Their core franchise, especially outside of North America, is very impressive. If interest rates were to go up a little, it would help them make a lot more money. He is bullish on this company.


Price:
$24.830
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-07-05 BUY Daniel Lloyd

Sell and Buy back in the fall? If you are going to own something as large as this, he wouldn’t bother trying to trade around it. The direction of interest rates seems to be pointing up. This is worth Buying and Holding.


Price:
$24.540
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
BULLISH on ENERGY
Owned:
Unknown
2017-07-04 BUY on WEAKNESS Bruce Campbell (1)

This goes up and down with the daily thought about rates. The company is doing a good job and has lots of growth in Asia. Expects there is 10%-12% in earnings growth, and the chance of a dividend increase in early 2018.


Price:
$24.180
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
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