Press coverage about Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aon plc Class A earned a news sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.9726870145354 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- Aon survey: falling employee engagement in Canada is a “wake-up call” for employers (finance.yahoo.com)
- Workday CEO on 'great' Netflix partnership: Reed Hastings… (finance.yahoo.com)
- Global Employee Engagement Levels Bounce Back to All-Time Highs in 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- $2.95 Billion in Sales Expected for Aon plc Class A (AON) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- Brokerages Anticipate Aon plc Class A (AON) to Post $2.80 Earnings Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
Several research analysts have recently weighed in on AON shares. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “hold” rating and set a $143.00 target price on shares of Aon plc Class A in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $158.00 price target on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $149.00 price target on the stock. TheStreet lowered Aon plc Class A from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Barclays reissued an “equal weight” rating and issued a $138.00 target price (up previously from $135.00) on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research report on Tuesday, February 20th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $147.00.
Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The financial services provider reported $2.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the 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 firm had revenue of $2.91 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.84 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $2.56 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research 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. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 1st were given a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 31st. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.00%. Aon plc Class A’s dividend payout ratio is presently 30.84%.
In related news, EVP Peter M. Lieb sold 4,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $141.39, for a total transaction of $593,838.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Michael J. O’connor sold 12,824 shares of Aon plc Class A stock in a transaction on 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 approximately $18,361,205. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 123,477 shares of company stock worth $17,453,753 over the last quarter. Company 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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