CNA Financial Corporation (CNA) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

Press coverage about CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. CNA Financial Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.519825875884 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

CNA has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of CNA Financial Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of CNA Financial Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of CNA Financial Corporation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. CNA Financial Corporation presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $47.00.

Shares of CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA) opened at 48.52 on Tuesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $50.75 and its 200 day moving average is $46.93. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.15 billion, a PE ratio of 11.81 and a beta of 1.24. CNA Financial Corporation has a 52-week low of $32.36 and a 52-week high of $53.67.

CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 31st. The insurance provider reported $0.88 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.13. CNA Financial Corporation had a net margin of 11.72% and a return on equity of 8.40%. The company had revenue of $2.32 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.35 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.77 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that CNA Financial Corporation will post $3.36 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, August 30th. Investors of record on Monday, August 14th were issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. This is a positive change from CNA Financial Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.47%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 10th. CNA Financial Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 29.20%.

In other CNA Financial Corporation news, CFO D Craig Mense sold 23,450 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.66, for a total value of $1,234,877.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 130,548 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,874,657.68. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.53% of the company’s stock.

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CNA Financial Corporation Company Profile

CNA Financial Corporation is an insurance holding company. The Company’s segments include Specialty, Commercial, International, Life & Group Non-Core, and Corporate & Other Non-Core. Its Specialty segment provides a range of professional, financial, and specialty property, and casualty products and services.

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