News articles about Validus (NYSE:VR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Validus earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.4081082669202 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
Several equities research analysts have issued reports on VR shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Validus from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. UBS Group lowered their price target on shares of Validus from $50.00 to $48.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. TheStreet lowered shares of Validus from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Validus from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Bank of America upgraded shares of Validus from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $54.33.
Validus (NYSE VR) opened at $46.61 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $3,703.72, a PE ratio of -71.71, a PEG ratio of 1.25 and a beta of 0.67. Validus has a 52 week low of $41.15 and a 52 week high of $58.76. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a current ratio of 0.95.
Validus (NYSE:VR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The insurance provider reported ($3.22) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($3.30) by $0.08. The company had revenue of $407.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $453.04 million. Validus had a negative net margin of 1.38% and a negative return on equity of 0.49%. Validus’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.02 EPS. research analysts predict that Validus will post -0.3 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.26%. Validus’s dividend payout ratio is presently -233.84%.
In other news, CEO Lixin Zeng sold 26,136 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.10, for a total transaction of $1,361,685.60. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 57,855 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,014,245.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, President Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total transaction of $345,812.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 39,886 shares of company stock worth $2,024,848 over the last 90 days. 2.33% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183.
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