Voya Financial (VOYA) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

News articles about Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Voya Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the asset manager an impact score of 46.1964508571176 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

VOYA has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Voya Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 16th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Voya Financial from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 price target on shares of Voya Financial in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Voya Financial in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $47.00.

Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) opened at 39.92 on Friday. The stock’s market capitalization is $7.17 billion. Voya Financial has a 12 month low of $28.96 and a 12 month high of $42.96. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $38.80 and its 200-day moving average is $37.54.

Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The asset manager reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.85 by ($0.18). The firm had revenue of $272.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $318.84 million. Voya Financial had a negative net margin of 7.67% and a positive return on equity of 3.68%. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.79 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Voya Financial will post $3.34 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 31st were paid a dividend of $0.01 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a $0.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.10%. Voya Financial’s payout ratio is currently -1.04%.

In related news, insider Kevin D. Silva sold 8,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.28, for a total transaction of $342,380.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 5,379 shares in the company, valued at approximately $216,666.12. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 0.17% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Voya Financial Company Profile

Voya Financial, Inc is a retirement, investment and insurance company. The Company operates through five segments: Retirement, Investment Management, Annuities, Individual Life and Employee Benefits. The Retirement segment is a provider of retirement services and products in the United States. The Investment Management segment offers domestic and international fixed income, equity, multi-asset and alternatives products and solutions.

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