Press coverage about Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) has trended positive recently, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. 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. Assurant earned a coverage optimism score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3243451517017 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
AIZ has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. UBS initiated coverage on shares of Assurant in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $127.00 price objective for the company. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Assurant from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th.
Assurant stock traded up $0.20 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $90.13. 817,870 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 525,585. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a current ratio of 0.55 and a quick ratio of 0.55. Assurant has a one year low of $84.34 and a one year high of $106.99. The company has a market capitalization of $4,719.11, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.59, a P/E/G ratio of 0.59 and a beta of 0.63.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 26th will be given a $0.56 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 23rd. This represents a $2.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.49%. Assurant’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 23.83%.
Assurant, Inc is a provider of risk management solutions in the housing and lifestyle markets. The Company operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s segments include Global Housing, Global Lifestyle and Global Preneed. Through its Global Housing segment, it provides lender-placed homeowners, manufactured housing and flood insurance; renters insurance and related products (multi-family housing business), and field services, valuation services and other property risk management services (mortgage solutions business).
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