Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Assured Guaranty (AGO) Share Price

Media stories about Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. 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 daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.286760718602 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of research firms have weighed in on AGO. UBS reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price objective (down previously from $49.00) on shares of Assured Guaranty in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. MKM Partners reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Assured Guaranty in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Assured Guaranty currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $47.00.

Assured Guaranty (NYSE AGO) traded up $0.27 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $35.39. 894,988 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 925,103. Assured Guaranty has a 52 week low of $34.60 and a 52 week high of $45.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,124.98, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.23 and a beta of 1.64. The company has a current ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19.

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

Assured Guaranty declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback plan on Thursday, November 2nd that authorizes the company to repurchase $300.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the financial services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often a sign that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 29th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were given a dividend of $0.142 per share. This represents a $0.57 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.60%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 14th. Assured Guaranty’s payout ratio is 8.21%.

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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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