Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) Share Price

Media stories about Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) have trended positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Unum Group earned a news impact score of 0.39 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.323926020896 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Unum Group (UNM) traded up $0.56 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $57.52. 1,838,000 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,502,714. Unum Group has a 52 week low of $43.55 and a 52 week high of $57.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 0.17 and a quick ratio of 0.17. The firm has a market capitalization of $12,910.00, a PE ratio of 13.50, a P/E/G ratio of 1.74 and a beta of 1.66.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by $0.05. Unum Group had a net margin of 8.67% and a return on equity of 10.37%. The company had revenue of $2.82 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.82 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.01 earnings per share. Unum Group’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Unum Group will post 4.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $69.00 price target on shares of Unum Group in a research report on Thursday. Deutsche Bank assumed coverage on shares of Unum Group in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. They set a “hold” rating and a $58.00 price target on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $51.00 price target on shares of Unum Group in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Unum Group currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $55.55.

In other Unum Group news, EVP Lisa G. Iglesias sold 8,459 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.83, for a total transaction of $463,806.97. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Timothy Gerald Arnold sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.07, for a total transaction of $55,070.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 21,122 shares of company stock worth $1,136,688 in the last ninety days. 0.53% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Unum Group Company Profile

Unum Group is a provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company’s products include disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision, and other related services. Its segments include Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, Closed Block and Corporate.

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