Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Unum Group (UNM) Share Price

Headlines about Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) have trended positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unum Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.33 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3751207676032 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

A number of brokerages have recently commented on UNM. Langen Mcalenn reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unum Group in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. B. Riley upgraded Unum Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 target price on shares of Unum Group in a report on Friday, October 27th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $48.00 target price on Unum Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Unum Group has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $56.73.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) traded up $0.30 on Friday, reaching $52.45. The company had a trading volume of 1,511,066 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,207,561. Unum Group has a one year low of $43.55 and a one year high of $58.73. The company has a current ratio of 0.17, a quick ratio of 0.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29. The stock has a market cap of $11,672.59, a PE ratio of 11.97, a P/E/G ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 1.51.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $1.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.05. Unum Group had a return on equity of 10.43% and a net margin of 8.81%. The company had revenue of $2.84 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.84 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.99 EPS. Unum Group’s revenue was up 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Unum Group will post 5.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 16th. Investors of record on Monday, January 29th were issued a dividend of $0.23 per share. This represents a $0.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, January 26th. Unum Group’s payout ratio is currently 21.00%.

In related news, EVP Michael Q. Simonds sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.09, for a total transaction of $260,450.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP Lisa G. Iglesias sold 8,459 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.83, for a total value of $463,806.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 19,047 shares of company stock valued at $1,046,303. 0.53% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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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