Validus Holdings (VR) Earns Daily News Impact Rating of -0.04

News articles about Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) have trended somewhat negative on Friday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. The research group, a division of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Validus Holdings earned a news impact score of -0.04 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 59 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several analysts have commented on VR shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Validus Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, January 6th. JMP Securities increased their price target on shares of Validus Holdings from $60.00 to $62.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, January 23rd. Deutsche Bank AG lowered shares of Validus Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and increased their price target for the company from $55.00 to $56.00 in a research report on Monday, February 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Barclays PLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $57.00 price target on shares of Validus Holdings in a research report on Sunday, February 19th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $58.40.

Shares of Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) traded down 0.32% during trading on Friday, hitting $55.59. 206,408 shares of the company traded hands. The company has a 50-day moving average of $56.45 and a 200-day moving average of $55.02. Validus Holdings has a 52-week low of $44.23 and a 52-week high of $58.76. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.40 billion, a PE ratio of 12.75 and a beta of 0.57.

Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 2nd. The insurance provider reported $0.80 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.06. Validus Holdings had a return on equity of 8.09% and a net margin of 14.97%. The business earned $298.82 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $301.35 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.24 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Validus Holdings will post $4.11 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 31st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 15th were paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.73%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, March 13th. This is a boost from Validus Holdings’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.35. Validus Holdings’s dividend payout ratio is 32.33%.

In related news, CEO Peter Anthony Bilsby sold 1,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $56.20, for a total transaction of $84,300.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 75,034 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,216,910.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Greenberg sold 424,903 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $57.34, for a total value of $24,363,938.02. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,027 shares in the company, valued at approximately $173,568.18. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 642,689 shares of company stock valued at $36,852,223 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 4.19% of the company’s stock.

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About Validus Holdings

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183.

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