Aon plc Class A (AON) Receives Coverage Optimism Score of 0.08

Media stories about Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aon plc Class A earned a news sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.29050015964 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Aon plc Class A (AON) traded down $0.25 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $139.12. 1,482,850 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,470,000. The company has a current ratio of 1.66, a quick ratio of 2.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22. Aon plc Class A has a twelve month low of $114.92 and a twelve month high of $152.78. The company has a market capitalization of $34,310.00, a PE ratio of 90.93, a PEG ratio of 1.50 and a beta of 1.05.

Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) last released its earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The financial services provider reported $2.35 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.34 by $0.01. Aon plc Class A had a net margin of 12.26% and a return on equity of 32.41%. The business had revenue of $2.91 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.84 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $2.56 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Aon plc Class A will post 7.98 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 1st were paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 31st. Aon plc Class A’s dividend payout ratio is 94.12%.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on AON shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Aon plc Class A from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $171.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $135.00 price target on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Wells Fargo & Co increased their target price on shares of Aon plc Class A from $138.00 to $143.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. William Blair downgraded shares of Aon plc Class A from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. Aon plc Class A presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $146.75.

In other Aon plc Class A news, CEO Michael J. O’connor sold 12,824 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.00, for a total transaction of $1,859,480.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 126,629 shares in the company, valued at $18,361,205. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP Laurel G. Meissner sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $141.20, for a total transaction of $564,800.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 12,314 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,738,736.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 143,657 shares of company stock valued at $20,279,860. Corporate insiders own 0.90% of the company’s stock.

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About Aon plc Class A

Aon plc (Aon) is a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing, delivering distinctive client value via risk management and workforce productivity solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Risk Solutions and Human Resource (HR) Solutions.

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