Headlines about Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Alpha One Sentiment Analysis reports. Alpha One, a unit of Accern, identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Unum Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.08 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 68 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected AlphaOne’s rankings:
- Draymond Green’s Mom On The Viral And Hilarious Meme Of Her Son (latribunadecanarias.com)
- Langen Mcalenn Brokers Cut Earnings Estimates for Unum Group (UNM) (americanbankingnews.com)
- UNM Crosses Above Average Analyst Target (nasdaq.com)
- Unum Group (UNM) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Shows (americanbankingnews.com)
- Unum : Chorus Aviation (CHR) Analysts See $0.16 EPS; Unum Group (UNM) Sentiment Is 0.98 (4-traders.com)
Shares of Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) traded down 0.52% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $45.52. The company had a trading volume of 1,334,406 shares. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $46.80 and its 200-day moving average price is $43.70. Unum Group has a 52 week low of $29.79 and a 52 week high of $50.27. The company has a market capitalization of $10.43 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.52 and a beta of 1.54.
Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 1st. The financial services provider reported $1.00 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.98 by $0.02. The firm earned $2.80 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.76 billion. Unum Group had a return on equity of 10.18% and a net margin of 8.43%. The business’s revenue was up 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.95 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Unum Group will post $4.11 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 19th. Investors of record on Friday, April 28th will be given a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, April 26th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.76%. Unum Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 20.20%.
A number of analysts have weighed in on UNM shares. Citigroup Inc started coverage on Unum Group in a research note on Thursday, January 26th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $52.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 16th. FBR & Co reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Unum Group in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. Barclays PLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $56.00 target price on shares of Unum Group in a research note on Sunday, February 19th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG increased their price target on Unum Group from $46.00 to $48.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Unum Group has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $42.91.
In related news, Director Thomas R. Watjen sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.91, for a total value of $1,172,750.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Timothy Gerald Arnold sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.54, for a total value of $97,080.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 37,000 shares of company stock valued at $1,738,430. Insiders own 0.62% of the company’s stock.
About Unum Group
Unum Group is a provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company’s products include disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision, and other related services. Its segments include Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, Closed Block and Corporate.
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