Media stories about Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Unum Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.37 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.0690474700805 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- John F. Mcgarry Sells 4,588 Shares of Unum Group (UNM) Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- Langen Mcalenn Brokers Boost Earnings Estimates for Unum Group (UNM) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Q4 2017 Earnings Estimate for Unum Group (UNM) Issued By Langen Mcalenn (americanbankingnews.com)
- Unum Group (UNM) Declares $0.23 Quarterly Dividend (americanbankingnews.com)
- Zacks: Analysts Expect Unum Group (UNM) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $2.85 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)
Unum Group (NYSE UNM) traded down $0.15 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $55.99. 1,822,962 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,167,201. The firm has a market capitalization of $12,597.20, a P/E ratio of 13.14, a P/E/G ratio of 1.57 and a beta of 1.67. Unum Group has a 1-year low of $43.55 and a 1-year high of $58.73. The company has a quick ratio of 0.17, a current ratio of 0.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 16th. Investors of record on Monday, January 29th will be issued a $0.23 dividend. This represents a $0.92 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.64%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 26th. Unum Group’s payout ratio is currently 21.60%.
UNM has been the subject of several analyst reports. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Unum Group from $52.00 to $55.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, January 6th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price target on shares of Unum Group in a report on Friday, October 27th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $56.00 price target on shares of Unum Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $53.00 price target on shares of Unum Group in a report on Friday, November 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Unum Group currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.00.
In related news, CEO Timothy Gerald Arnold sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.07, for a total value of $55,070.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Lisa G. Iglesias sold 8,459 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.83, for a total transaction of $463,806.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 25,710 shares of company stock valued at $1,403,663 in the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 0.53% of the company’s stock.
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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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