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This summary was created by AI, based on 14 opinions in the last 12 months.

Based on the expert reviews, it can be concluded that Sun Life Financial Inc (SLF-T) is a well-diversified company with a strong financial position. It has a good dividend yield and is seen as a high-quality stock with a global presence. While some experts suggest waiting for cheaper shares, others believe it is a great stock to own due to its potential for growth and strong balance sheet. Overall, it seems to be a solid choice for investors looking for exposure to the insurance and wealth management sector.

Consensus
Hold
Valuation
Fair Value
HOLD

Good technical strength, 200-day MA still moving higher as is the price. Hitting 52-week highs. $74 is the all-time high, above that would be a breakout. Well diversified. Yield is 4.34%. Good spot to be, but he own MFC instead. 

Some of the insurers are outperforming the banks because they're a bit more levered to falling interest rates, fewer credit concerns and loan-loss provisions. Likes banks, too.

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BUY

Banks are a tougher story due to capital ratios and inability to grow. Instead of a bank, look to MFC or SLF.

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BUY
Trevor Rose’s Insights - Trevor’s most-liked answers from 5i Research

Insurance companies typically do better, financial, in times of rising rates. This is because their surplus cash earns more. But, they also pay dividends, and their stocks were hit fairly hard regardless when rates rose. So, we would still expect some tailwinds for the sector as investor re-value solid dividends from both insurers AND banks. 
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DON'T BUY

His metrics flashed sell recently. $51.30 is his target, or 18.5% downside. In no rush to buy this or any insurance company now. Wait for cheaper shares.

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TOP PICK

Likes their ROE which will grow above target, their 3% buyback and strong capital position of $2 billion cash. Less risky than its peers.

(Analysts’ price target is $73.10)
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DON'T BUY
SLF vs. TD vs. CM

All of the interest sensitives have been under pressure the last couple of months with rates rising.

He favours TD. Tightly regulated oligopoly, and a levered play on the growth of the Canadian, and increasingly US, economy. Surplus of excess capital. 10x earnings. Dominant personal and commercial banking franchise. Good-sized banking presence in the US. Shares are at a discount to average. Close to 5% yield, growing at 8% compound over 10 years.

Valuation and yield of SLF are similar to TD. But TD's competitive position in its industry is more advantageous than SLF.

Compared to CM, TD is more of a scale player with a stronger franchise on both sides of the border on its core banking business.

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WEAK BUY

Insurers are much more difficult to analyze than banks, so he prefers banks, but this is a great one to own. High quality. Insurance and wealth management. Global presence with Canada (50% of revenues), US (17%), Asia (17%), and Europe (10%). Chinese business rebounding from Covid. Strong balance sheet, net cash. ROE above market average. 10x earnings, cheap. Yield is 4.5%.

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BUY

Lifecos could do well in the coming period. Higher rates lower their long-term costs and help ratios. 

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TOP PICK

The insurance business is good in a bumpy market. It posted the best results of the other insurers. Its earnings per share growth is everywhere globally. It has a 4.5% dividend. If comparing lifecos and banks, there is more room for lifecos.      Buy 10  Hold 7  Sell 1

(Analysts’ price target is $72.42)
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BUY

Middle of the range growth. High quality. Very well managed. Good dividend yield.

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BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks

SLF currently trades around $64, which is $5 below its 52-week high. As for its peers, Manulife pays an attractive 5.57% dividend, but it can never break above $27.50 and shares are currently touching the top of its trading range. MFC is a fast trade at best. Great-West Life is in a similar boat, paying a 5.49% yield, but is a dollar away from returning to its historic ceiling of $39 that it hasn’t broken yet. In contrast, SLF’s chart a gradual rise since 2011 of higher highs and higher lows. Read Canadian dividend payers for our full analysis.

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BUY
Trevor Rose’s Insights - Trevor’s most-liked answers from 5i Research.

Underlying return on equity of 15.5% reflected the strong earnings in the quarter, approaching our medium-term objective of 16% plus. 
As mentioned earlier in my comments, capital also remained solid in the quarter, and we were pleased to announce a $0.03 increase to our common share dividend. 
In September, SLF announced intention to acquire a majority stake in Advisors Asset Management, or AAM, a leading independent U.S. retail distribution firm.
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PAST TOP PICK
(A Top Pick Mar 18/22, Down 7%)

He'd still recommend it at these levels. Extremely well capitalized at 127%. Interest rate increases hit bond portfolios of all insurance companies, should get better with rates stabilizing. Internationally diversified. Yield is 4.5%.

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BUY ON WEAKNESS

Better business model than ManuLife.
Well regarded CEO. 
Strong dividend yield.
Company will perform better with rising interest rates.
Unsure on growth prospects for company.
Tremendous opportunity to run business more efficiently. 

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WEAK BUY
SLF vs. MFC

Both high quality, good balance sheets, strong management. Both attractive value right now. MFC is 8x earnings, SLF is 11x. Asian business is a differentiator, which both have. MFC is much more international, with 80% of revenues from outside Canada, and 50% from Asia. Covid has slowed Asia, but when it bounces back, MFC should benefit a bit more. MFC yield slightly higher. Long term, you'll do well in both. 

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Sun Life Financial Inc(SLF-T) Rating

Ranking : 4 out of 5

Bullish - Buy Signals / Votes : 10

Neutral - Hold Signals / Votes : 1

Bearish - Sell Signals / Votes : 2

Total Signals / Votes : 13

Stockchase rating for Sun Life Financial Inc is calculated according to the stock experts' signals. A high score means experts mostly recommend to buy the stock while a low score means experts mostly recommend to sell the stock.

Sun Life Financial Inc(SLF-T) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sun Life Financial Inc stock symbol?

Sun Life Financial Inc is a Canadian stock, trading under the symbol SLF-T on the Toronto Stock Exchange (SLF-CT). It is usually referred to as TSX:SLF or SLF-T

Is Sun Life Financial Inc a buy or a sell?

In the last year, 13 stock analysts published opinions about SLF-T. 10 analysts recommended to BUY the stock. 2 analysts recommended to SELL the stock. The latest stock analyst recommendation is . Read the latest stock experts' ratings for Sun Life Financial Inc.

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What is Sun Life Financial Inc stock price?

On 2024-02-21, Sun Life Financial Inc (SLF-T) stock closed at a price of $72.53.