Press coverage about Aviva (LON:AV) has been trending negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Aviva earned a news sentiment score of -2.80 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Aviva’s ranking:
- Want to buy dirt cheap FTSE 100 stocks? I’d check out the Aviva share price (fool.co.uk)
- IRFU planning Irish rugby return with August inter-provincials at the Aviva Stadium (skysports.com)
- Arrival of new chairman George Culmer renews calls for split at Aviva (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘Aviva’ Review – Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com)
- Aviva (LON:AV) Given Daily Coverage Optimism Score of -2.80 (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of AV stock opened at GBX 236.10 ($3.11) on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 51.44, a quick ratio of 1.34 and a current ratio of 2.28. The stock has a market capitalization of $9.27 billion and a P/E ratio of 3.74. The company has a 50 day moving average price of GBX 243.64 and a 200 day moving average price of GBX 349.56. Aviva has a fifty-two week low of GBX 3.87 ($0.05) and a fifty-two week high of GBX 439.40 ($5.78).
Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on AV shares. Barclays reissued an “equal weight” rating on shares of Aviva in a research note on Tuesday, April 28th. Credit Suisse Group decreased their price target on shares of Aviva from GBX 490 ($6.45) to GBX 350 ($4.60) and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, April 9th. Jefferies Financial Group decreased their price target on shares of Aviva from GBX 500 ($6.58) to GBX 355 ($4.67) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, March 30th. UBS Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Aviva in a research report on Friday. Finally, Investec cut shares of Aviva to an “add” rating and cut their price objective for the stock from GBX 455 ($5.99) to GBX 400 ($5.26) in a research report on Tuesday, February 4th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of GBX 380.70 ($5.01).
In other news, insider Belen Romana Garcia purchased 2,268 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 27th. The stock was bought at an average price of GBX 268 ($3.53) per share, for a total transaction of £6,078.24 ($7,995.58).
Aviva plc provides various insurance and savings products primarily in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, North America, and South-East Asia. The company offers life insurance, long term health and accident insurance, savings, pension, and annuity products; and lifetime mortgage products. It also provides insurance cover to individuals, and small and medium-sized businesses for risks associated primarily with motor vehicles and medical expenses, as well as property and liability, such as employers' and professional indemnity liabilities.
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