Positive Media Coverage Likely to Affect FBL Financial Group (FFG) Share Price

Media headlines about FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) have been trending positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FBL Financial Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.41 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 80 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment’s rankings:

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) opened at 61.75 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $65.29 and a 200-day moving average price of $70.39. The company has a market cap of $1.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.39 and a beta of 1.03. FBL Financial Group has a 12-month low of $56.41 and a 12-month high of $82.60.

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 4th. The financial services provider reported $1.08 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $181.92 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $179.83 million. FBL Financial Group had a net margin of 14.76% and a return on equity of 8.50%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.05 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that FBL Financial Group will post $4.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.44 per share. This represents a $1.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.86%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, June 13th. FBL Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 39.25%.

FFG has been the subject of a number of research reports. Raymond James Financial, Inc. cut FBL Financial Group from a “mkt perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 20th. Zacks Investment Research lowered FBL Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, February 20th.

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About FBL Financial Group

FBL Financial Group, Inc sells individual life insurance and annuity products under the brand name of Farm Bureau Financial Services. The Company’s segments are Annuity Segment, which sells a variety of traditional annuity products; Life Insurance Segment, which sells a range of traditional and universal life insurance products, and Corporate and Other segment, which provides various support operations, corporate capital and other product lines.

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