Assured Guaranty (AGO) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows

Media coverage about Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Assured Guaranty earned a coverage optimism score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.0703265332175 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) traded up $0.42 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $34.04. 1,130,000 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 946,172. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a current ratio of 0.56. The stock has a market cap of $4,000.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 4.89 and a beta of 1.64. Assured Guaranty has a 52-week low of $32.97 and a 52-week high of $45.73.

Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.29 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.51. The firm had revenue of $623.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $262.09 million. Assured Guaranty had a net margin of 45.38% and a return on equity of 10.59%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 10.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $3.74 EPS.

Assured Guaranty announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program on Thursday, November 2nd that authorizes the company to repurchase $300.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the financial services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on AGO shares. UBS Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 target price (down from $49.00) on shares of Assured Guaranty in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $47.00 target price on shares of Assured Guaranty in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, MKM Partners reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Assured Guaranty in a report on Thursday, October 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.67.

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Assured Guaranty Company Profile

Assured Guaranty Ltd. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides credit protection products to the United States and international public finance, including infrastructure, and structured finance markets. It applies its credit underwriting judgment, risk management skills and capital markets experience primarily to offer financial guaranty insurance that protects holders of debt instruments and other monetary obligations from defaults in scheduled payments.

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