News articles about American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates 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 one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American Financial Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.7721375353927 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. Sandler O’Neill reissued a “buy” rating and set a $119.00 price target on shares of American Financial Group in a research note on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research lowered American Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st.
Shares of American Financial Group (AFG) traded up $0.82 on Friday, hitting $109.16. The stock had a trading volume of 259,259 shares, compared to its average volume of 268,726. American Financial Group has a 52 week low of $85.57 and a 52 week high of $109.43. The company has a quick ratio of 0.19, a current ratio of 0.19 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24. The company has a market capitalization of $9,546.14, a P/E ratio of 14.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.32 and a beta of 0.85.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 25th. Stockholders of record on Monday, January 15th will be given a dividend of $0.35 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 11th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.28%. American Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 17.97%.
In other news, CEO Carl H. Lindner III sold 150,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $104.71, for a total transaction of $15,706,500.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Virginia Drosos sold 1,438 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $104.21, for a total value of $149,853.98. Following the transaction, the director now owns 8,034 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $837,223.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 201,438 shares of company stock valued at $21,166,854 over the last 90 days. 14.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
About American Financial Group
American Financial Group, Inc (AFG) is a holding company engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance businesses. The Company, through Great American Insurance Group, focuses on commercial products for businesses, and is engaged in the sale of fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets.
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