Torchmark (TMK) Earns Media Sentiment Score of 0.09

News headlines about Torchmark (NYSE:TMK) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Torchmark earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 44.5160958595868 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Torchmark (NYSE:TMK) opened at $88.21 on Monday. Torchmark has a 12-month low of $73.53 and a 12-month high of $93.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22, a current ratio of 0.06 and a quick ratio of 0.06. The stock has a market cap of $10,183.56, a PE ratio of 18.77, a P/E/G ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.93.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 5th were given a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, January 4th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.68%. Torchmark’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 12.77%.

Several analysts recently issued reports on TMK shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Torchmark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of Torchmark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $83.00 target price on shares of Torchmark in a report on Friday, November 10th. SunTrust Banks increased their price objective on shares of Torchmark from $75.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Torchmark in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $83.00 price objective on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Torchmark has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $84.20.

In other Torchmark news, insider Roger C. Smith sold 30,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.64, for a total transaction of $2,719,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 65,685 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,953,688.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, EVP James Matthew Darden sold 12,750 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.89, for a total transaction of $1,158,847.50. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 16,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,499,685. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 96,250 shares of company stock valued at $8,563,383. Insiders own 3.79% of the company’s stock.

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About Torchmark

Torchmark Corporation (Torchmark) is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of life and health insurance products and annuities to a base of customers. The Company’s segments include life insurance, health insurance, annuities and investment. The life insurance segment includes traditional and interest-sensitive whole life insurance as well as term life insurance.

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