Assured Guaranty (AGO) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Accern Reports

Media headlines about Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Assured Guaranty earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.6048949754088 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of research firms recently weighed in on AGO. MKM Partners restated a “buy” rating on shares of Assured Guaranty in a report on Thursday, October 5th. UBS AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price target (down previously from $49.00) on shares of Assured Guaranty in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. BidaskClub cut shares of Assured Guaranty from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. BTIG Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 price target on shares of Assured Guaranty in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $42.00 price target on shares of Assured Guaranty in a research report on Tuesday, July 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Assured Guaranty presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.00.

Shares of Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) opened at 36.75 on Friday. Assured Guaranty has a 12 month low of $29.37 and a 12 month high of $45.73. The company has a market cap of $4.37 billion, a PE ratio of 4.13 and a beta of 1.65. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $39.11 and its 200-day moving average is $40.76.

Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72 by $0.44. Assured Guaranty had a net margin of 61.25% and a return on equity of 16.00%. The firm had revenue of $308.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $288.15 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.03 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 22.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Assured Guaranty will post $4.86 earnings per share for the current year.

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Assured Guaranty Company Profile

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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