Headlines about Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) have trended positive on Saturday, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unum Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.4950816911643 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Several research analysts have recently weighed in on UNM shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. UBS initiated coverage on shares of Unum Group in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. They set a “neutral” rating and a $57.00 price target on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of Unum Group in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Wells Fargo set a $56.00 price objective on shares of Unum Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Finally, B. Riley upgraded shares of Unum Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $57.09.
Unum Group (UNM) traded up $0.47 during trading on Friday, reaching $50.28. 2,400,469 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,410,074. The stock has a market cap of $11,021.02, a PE ratio of 11.48, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 1.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 0.17 and a current ratio of 0.17. Unum Group has a 12 month low of $43.55 and a 12 month high of $58.73.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, January 29th were given a $0.23 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, January 26th. This represents a $0.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.83%. Unum Group’s payout ratio is presently 21.00%.
In related news, EVP Christopher J. Jerome sold 7,806 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.90, for a total transaction of $397,325.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, SVP Daniel Jason Waxenberg sold 1,435 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.36, for a total transaction of $75,136.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 18,829 shares of company stock valued at $999,888 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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