"Insuring" Future Growth - Research Report on Metlife Inc, Prudential Financial Inc, Lincoln National Corporation, Principal Financial Group Inc and Manulife Financial Corporation

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NEW YORK,  February 26, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors-Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Metlife
Inc (NYSE:MET), Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU), Lincoln National
Corporation (NYSE:LNC), Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) and Manulife
Financial Corporation (NYSE:MFC). Today's readers may access these reports free
of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings
- via the links below.

Metlife Inc Research Report

MetLife reported better than expected Q4 2012 numbers, notably in revenues and
net income. Earnings were up 10 percent year over year due to 21 percent higher
operating earnings in the Americas and a 26 percent increase in the  Europe, 
Middle East  and  Africa. Revenues of  $18.36 billion  were up 12 percent year
over year as a result of a surge in premiums and net investment income. In the
period, the company earned  $10.59 billion  in premiums, while net investment
income came in at  $5.18 billion. The Street rates the company as a "buy" from
"hold," citing performance in cash flow and debt, as well as having reasonable
valuation levels. The Full Research Report on Metlife Inc - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download
free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/9a5a_MET]

Prudential Financial Inc Research Report

Prudential, the second-biggest life insurer in the US, has found their
replacement for outgoing chief financial officer  Rich Carbone, who is retiring
after 16 years in the job, with company treasurer  Robert Falzon. The move is
part of CEO  John Strangfeld's  management restructuring efforts to boost
investment income and expand operations outside the US. Earlier moves involved
the presidency of Prudential's commercial-mortgage business and the overseer of
its  $3.2 billion  Latin American real estate investment unit. In addition, the
company was able to score some lucrative business opportunities last year, with
General Motors and Verizon deciding to outsource huge portions of their pension
liability to Prudential, turning over billions of dollars in assets in exchange
for annuities that will pay workers their pensions throughout the rest of their
lives. The Full Research Report on Prudential Financial Inc - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download
free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/882d_PRU]

Lincoln National Corporation Research Report

Lincoln Financial has been selected by Meridian Health as its provider for its
403(b), 401(k), 457 and Supplemental Executive retirement plan programs.  New
Jersey-based Meridian, a non-profit healthcare organization, plans to serve
12,000 participants, which translates to about  $410 million  in retirement
assets. Earlier this month, Lincoln Financial posted better-than-expected
financial numbers, with operating earnings of  $1.10  per share compared to 
$1.06, and an 11.9 percent increase in net income at  $310 million. The company
has been rated as a "hold" with a price target of  $33, citing Lincoln
Financial's efforts to diversify towards more attractive lines, as well as a 50
percent increase in dividends per-share and continued share buybacks. The Full
Research Report on Lincoln National Corporation - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of
charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/2cc9_LNC]

Principal Financial Group Inc Research Report

Principal Financial recently moved up in market cap rank, taking over
Sigma-Aldrich at number 332, at  $9.15 billion. It also reached a new 52-week
high of  $31.61. In addition, Fitch Ratings gave an "A" rating due to sturdy
capitalization and continued solid operational performance. Fitch adds the
company will deliver sustained profitability on its growing fee-based businesses
and a continued low interest rate environment and competition will weigh on
earnings improvement in the near term. The Street, meanwhile, rates the insurer
as a "buy" with its performance in stock price performance, earnings per share,
revenue and net income. The Full Research Principal Financial Group Inc -
including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/0c88_PFG]

Manulife Financial Corporation Research Report

Manulife went up  $0.27  or 1.8 percent to  $15.49  last week, after the rally
that came after the Canadian life insurer reported growth in its Q4 financial
numbers. Net income came in at  $1.11 billion  up from a loss of  $67.42 million
 in last year's fourth quarter. Core earnings of  $540.22 million  were up as
well at 42% year over year, primarily led by increased fee income on higher
funds under management and a significant improvement in new businesses.
Insurance sales grew 49 percent year over year to  $934.6 million, while Wealth
sales were 31 percent higher year over year at  $10.4 billion. The increases
were fueled by record mutual fund sales in  Asia,  Canada  and the U.S. and
strong sales growth in pension businesses in  North America. The Street rates
the company as a "buy." The Full Research Report on Manulife Financial
Corporation - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/4254_MFC]

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