Aspen Insurance (AHL) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Accern Reports

Media coverage about Aspen Insurance (NYSE:AHL) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aspen Insurance earned a news sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.6689154796911 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

AHL has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Aspen Insurance from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Barclays lowered their target price on Aspen Insurance from $49.00 to $43.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 16th. UBS Group lowered their target price on Aspen Insurance from $43.00 to $42.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Aspen Insurance from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.75.

Shares of Aspen Insurance (NYSE AHL) traded down $0.30 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $36.75. The stock had a trading volume of 1,550,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 901,658. Aspen Insurance has a one year low of $35.05 and a one year high of $57.55. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,185.67, a price-to-earnings ratio of -6.93 and a beta of 0.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.20, a current ratio of 0.53 and a quick ratio of 0.71.

Aspen Insurance (NYSE:AHL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The insurance provider reported ($3.14) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($3.46) by $0.32. Aspen Insurance had a negative return on equity of 11.61% and a negative net margin of 10.80%. The business had revenue of $511.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $592.27 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($0.34) earnings per share. Aspen Insurance’s revenue was down 16.6% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Aspen Insurance will post 3.65 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 13th. Investors of record on Friday, February 23rd will be issued a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.61%. Aspen Insurance’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -18.11%.

In related news, CEO Stephen Postlewhite sold 1,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.62, for a total transaction of $49,944.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 39,321 shares in the company, valued at $1,636,540.02. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 1.34% of the company’s stock.

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About Aspen Insurance

Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited is a holding company. The Company underwrites specialty insurance and reinsurance on a global basis. It manages its business as two business segments: Aspen Insurance and Aspen Reinsurance (Aspen Re). The reinsurance segment consists of property catastrophe reinsurance (including the business written through Aspen Capital Markets), other property reinsurance (risk excess, pro rata and facultative), casualty reinsurance (U.S.

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