Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) Stock Price

Media coverage about Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of media 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 positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Marsh & McLennan Companies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.6477549064164 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE MMC) opened at $81.89 on Thursday. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a one year low of $71.79 and a one year high of $86.54. The company has a current ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 1.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70. The company has a market cap of $41,315.30, a PE ratio of 20.76, a PEG ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 0.97.

Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The financial services provider reported $1.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.10. Marsh & McLennan Companies had a return on equity of 28.80% and a net margin of 10.64%. The business had revenue of $3.69 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.57 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.89 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Marsh & McLennan Companies will post 4.33 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 15th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, April 10th will be issued a $0.375 dividend. This represents a $1.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.83%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 9th. Marsh & McLennan Companies’s dividend payout ratio is presently 52.26%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Citigroup cut their price target on Marsh & McLennan Companies from $96.00 to $94.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Goldman Sachs assumed coverage on Marsh & McLennan Companies in a research note on Monday, December 4th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $88.00 price target for the company. Wells Fargo reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $91.00 price target on shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, UBS downgraded Marsh & McLennan Companies from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Marsh & McLennan Companies presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $89.80.

In other news, VP Stacy Mills sold 1,145 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.95, for a total transaction of $94,977.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 2,923 shares in the company, valued at approximately $242,462.85. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Daniel S. Glaser sold 41,504 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $81.88, for a total value of $3,398,347.52. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 278,792 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $22,827,488.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 150,855 shares of company stock valued at $12,395,268. 1.46% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies Company Profile

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc is a professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people. The Company is the parent company of various risk advisors and specialty consultants, including Marsh, the insurance broker; Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of human resource and investment related financial advice and services, and Oliver Wyman Group, the management and economic consultancy.

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