Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Assured Guaranty (AGO) Stock Price

News headlines about Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Assured Guaranty earned a news impact score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.7576049980009 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

AGO has been the subject of several research analyst reports. MKM Partners reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Assured Guaranty in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $47.00 price objective on shares of Assured Guaranty in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $47.00 price objective (down from $49.00) on shares of Assured Guaranty in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. Assured Guaranty has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $47.67.

Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) opened at $33.75 on Thursday. Assured Guaranty has a 12-month low of $32.97 and a 12-month high of $45.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a current ratio of 0.56 and a quick ratio of 0.56. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,960.00, a PE ratio of 4.85 and a beta of 1.64.

Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.29 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.51. Assured Guaranty had a return on equity of 10.59% and a net margin of 45.38%. The firm had revenue of $623.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $262.09 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $3.74 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 10.1% on a year-over-year basis.

Assured Guaranty declared that its board has authorized a stock buyback program on Thursday, November 2nd that allows the company to repurchase $300.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the financial services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

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About Assured Guaranty

Assured Guaranty Ltd. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides credit protection products to the United States and international public finance, including infrastructure, and structured finance markets. It applies its credit underwriting judgment, risk management skills and capital markets experience primarily to offer financial guaranty insurance that protects holders of debt instruments and other monetary obligations from defaults in scheduled payments.

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