Beazley PLC (BEZ) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages

Beazley PLC (LON:BEZ) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the ten ratings firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 378.33 ($4.91).

BEZ has been the subject of several analyst reports. Peel Hunt reiterated a “reduce” rating and set a GBX 370 ($4.80) price objective on shares of Beazley PLC in a report on Sunday, July 23rd. Numis Securities Ltd lowered Beazley PLC to an “add” rating in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating on shares of Beazley PLC in a research note on Friday, May 12th. Credit Suisse Group started coverage on Beazley PLC in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. They set an “outperform” rating for the company. Finally, Stockdale Securities reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Beazley PLC in a research note on Thursday, April 27th.

Shares of Beazley PLC (BEZ) opened at 519.00 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of GBX 509.83 and a 200-day moving average price of GBX 461.18. The company’s market capitalization is GBX 2.70 billion. Beazley PLC has a 12 month low of GBX 351.68 and a 12 month high of GBX 527.50.

The firm also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 3rd will be paid a GBX 3.70 ($0.05) dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 3rd. This represents a dividend yield of 0.72%.

In related news, insider Martin Bride acquired 4,354 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 4th. The stock was bought at an average price of GBX 207 ($2.69) per share, for a total transaction of £9,012.78 ($11,700.35). Also, insider Christine LaSala acquired 14,300 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 2nd. The stock was bought at an average price of GBX 524 ($6.80) per share, with a total value of £74,932 ($97,276.39).

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