Media stories about American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. 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 positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Financial Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.618465240895 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. ValuEngine upgraded American Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Bank of America raised their price target on American Financial Group from $120.00 to $122.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $123.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $119.00 price objective on shares of American Financial Group in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $116.75.
American Financial Group (AFG) traded down $2.52 on Friday, hitting $109.25. The stock had a trading volume of 313,257 shares, compared to its average volume of 349,031. American Financial Group has a 52 week low of $92.45 and a 52 week high of $121.69. The firm has a market capitalization of $10,195.51, a PE ratio of 20.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.16 and a beta of 0.80. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24, a quick ratio of 0.18 and a current ratio of 0.18.
In other news, insider John B. Berding sold 5,285 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $113.58, for a total value of $600,270.30. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 59,585 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,767,664.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Vito C. Peraino sold 51,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.86, for a total value of $5,806,860.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 14.90% of the company’s stock.
American Financial Group Company Profile
American Financial Group, Inc (AFG) is a holding company engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance businesses. The Company, through Great American Insurance Group, focuses on commercial products for businesses, and is engaged in the sale of fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets.
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