News stories about Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, AlphaOne Sentiment reports. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne 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 media sentiment score of 0.24 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 79 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- ETFs with exposure to Aon Plc : May 19, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Aon Plc :AON-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : May 18, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- The Aon plc Class A (AON) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, AlphaOne Reports – BangaloreWeekly (bangaloreweekly.com)
- William Blair Analysts Lift Earnings Estimates for Aon plc Class A (AON) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Capital Management Cut By $2.92 Million Its Aon Plc (AON) Holding, SP Plus (SP) Sellers Increased By 22.2% Their … – UtahHerald.com (utahherald.com)
Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 9th. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.28 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $2.38 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.35 billion. Aon plc Class A had a return on equity of 32.46% and a net margin of 12.01%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.35 EPS.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, May 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, May 1st were paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. This is an increase from Aon plc Class A’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.14%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, April 27th. Aon plc Class A’s payout ratio is currently 25.53%.
Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG increased their target price on shares of Aon plc Class A from $108.00 to $113.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Aon plc Class A from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $122.00 target price on shares of Aon plc Class A in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $146.00 target price (up previously from $137.00) on shares of Aon plc Class A in a report on Tuesday, May 9th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Aon plc Class A in a report on Sunday, April 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $123.70.
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In other Aon plc Class A news, EVP Peter M. Lieb sold 16,683 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $117.29, for a total transaction of $1,956,749.07. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 22,216 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,605,714.64. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Gregory C. Case sold 520,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $115.58, for a total value of $60,101,600.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 572,789 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $66,202,952.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.
Aon plc Class A Company Profile
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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