Company Sheet; Performance Check on Shares of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) as Beta Touches 1.93

After looking for stocks with higher betas, we can see that Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) has a current beta of 1.93. The beta of a stock is typically used as a historical volatility indicator in relation to the overall market. Beta is a measurement of the stock price fluctuation, and may be used to gauge how fast the price may rise or fall. Beta compares the returns of company stock to return of the market as a whole. A beta of 1 would indicate that the stock price moves with the market. A beta below 1 might indicate that the stock is less volatile than the market. A beta above 1 indicates that the stock price is more volatile than the market in theory. Checking in on current price action, company shares had recently touched 59.16. From the session open, shares have moved 1.01%. Investors will be watching to see how the stock reacts to market influences over the next few weeks. As we near the halfway point of the calendar year, investors may be trying to figure out if now is the time to get in on the name, or whether to wait for a better opportunity.

When dealing with the volatility and unpredictability of the stock market, investors may have to learn how to deal with their emotions. There are many factors that can have a big impact on the portfolio. Maintaining discipline can be one of the most important factors. From time to time, investors will be overcome by fear during a large market selloff. On the other side, investors may become extremely excited during a widespread market move to the upside. When these situations occur, investors tend to make better decisions if they are able to keep emotions out of play and stick to the original plan. Buying and selling at the wrong time can lead to portfolio underperformance, and it may damage investor confidence in the future.

After a recent check, Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) shares have been seen trading 11.62% away from the 20-day moving average. Zooming out to the 50-day, we can see that shares are currently trading 2.71% off of that mark. Looking at the 200-day moving average, shares have been trading -8.15% away from that value. The moving average uses the sum of all of the previous closing prices over a certain time period and divides the result by the number of prices used in the calculation. Many investors will opt to use multiple time periods when examining moving averages. Moving averages are considered to be lagging indicators, and they may prove to be very useful for spotting peaks and troughs. They may also be used to help the trader calculate sturdy support and resistance levels for the stock.

Investors may be closely monitoring historical stock price performance in order to examine what has been happening with company shares. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC). Stock price performance for the past week is currently noted at 7.10%. If we look back to the beginning of the calendar year, shares have performed 15.30%. Looking back over the past full-year, shares have performed -28.77%. Over the past month, the stock has performed 13.44%. Over the last quarter, the stock has performed -9.87%. Briefly looking at some recent volatility numbers, we can see that shares have been noted at 2.51% for the week, and 2.95% for the past month.

Investors are constantly trying to gain any little advantage when it comes to the stock market. Setting realistic goals and staying disciplined when trying to attain those goals can have a positive impact on an investor’s psyche and portfolio performance. Making a couple of badly timed trades can have a drastic effect on the mindset of the investor or trader. Sometimes, investors will have a few missteps that generally include buying when the market is too high, selling when the market is low, or being on the sidelines during a major charge higher. Staying disciplined can help the average investor avoid common pitfalls to help keep the focus in the right direction. When inevitable mistakes are made, investors will have the opportunity to learn from those mistakes and get back on the road to recovery.

We are also noting that Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) was recently seen trading -11.28% away from the 50-day high and 23.07% separated from the 50-day low. Taking a broader view, the current separation from the 52-week high is -31.75%, and the distance from the 52-week low is currently 23.07%. Let’s also look quickly at some analyst views on company shares. At the time of writing, the consensus target price for the company is $71.27. The consensus recommendation provided by covering sell-side analysts is currently 2.20. This number lands on a scale from 1 to 5. Following this scale, a rating of a 1 or a 2 would indicate a consensus Buy recommendation. A rating of 4 or 5 would represent a consensus Sell recommendation. A rating of 3 would indicate a Hold recommendation.

Following all the day to day information regarding publically traded companies can be challenging. There is rarely any shortage of data that investors can examine when attempting to research specific stocks. One of the greatest challenges for the investor is determining which data to focus on and which data to set aside. Investors will often need to stay aware of happenings in the overall economic environment, and pay attention to global factors that may have a widespread impact on markets. Being aware of the macroeconomic picture can greatly help the investor when making important portfolio decisions.   

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