Why MetLife Will Outperform in 2013

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, life insurer MetLife (NYSE: MET  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at MetLife and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

MetLife facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York (1863)

Market Cap

$38.4 billion

Industry

Life and health insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$67.8 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Steven Kandarian
CFO John Hele

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

7.3%

Cash / Debt

$43.6 billion / $68.4 billion

Dividend Yield

2.2%

Competitors

Allianz
American International Group (NYSE: AIG  ) Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 90% of the 836 members who have rated MetLife believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

About a month ago, one of those Fools, RGilbs06, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

MetLife is divesting in operations that hold them vulnerable to interest rates, and emerging as a fee based business that is specializing more and more in insurance and annuities. They have insurance projects in the making with [Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) ]. And given the drastic drop in price over the last few years, a good opportunity is presenting itself in this evolving firm.

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