National General (NGHC) Given Daily News Sentiment Score of 0.03

Press coverage about National General (NASDAQ:NGHC) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. National General earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.527247635882 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of National General (NASDAQ:NGHC) opened at $20.34 on Thursday. National General has a 12-month low of $16.21 and a 12-month high of $26.99. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,170.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.97 and a beta of 1.33.

National General (NASDAQ:NGHC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The insurance provider reported $0.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.13 by $0.11. The business had revenue of $1.06 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.09 billion. National General had a return on equity of 7.30% and a net margin of 2.62%. The business’s revenue was up 23.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.31 earnings per share. analysts forecast that National General will post 0.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be paid a $0.04 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.79%. National General’s payout ratio is currently 16.49%.

NGHC has been the topic of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded National General from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. BidaskClub upgraded National General from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. TheStreet upgraded National General from a “c” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating on shares of National General in a research report on Friday, September 29th. Finally, FBR & Co restated a “buy” rating and issued a $29.00 price objective on shares of National General in a research report on Monday, September 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $26.00.

In other National General news, Director John Drake Nichols bought 24,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 27th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $20.45 per share, for a total transaction of $501,025.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 24,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $501,025. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 3.43% of the company’s stock.

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About National General

National General Holdings Corp. is a specialty personal lines insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides a range of insurance products, including personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, supplemental health, lender-placed and other niche products.

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