Media headlines about Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.0078476759205 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Gallagher Introduces Flood Assure for organizations that have exceeded flood limits (finance.yahoo.com)
- ETFs with exposure to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. : November 1, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Analysts Offer Predictions for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s FY2017 Earnings (AJG) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Stocks With Rising Relative Strength: Gallagher Arthur J & Co (finance.yahoo.com)
- Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. :AJG-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2017 By the Numbers : October 31, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
Several research analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Credit Suisse Group upped their price objective on Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. from $68.00 to $69.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Barclays PLC upped their price objective on Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. from $68.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th. Deutsche Bank AG downgraded Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $64.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $59.00 price objective on shares of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $64.38.
Shares of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG) opened at $63.69 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $11.55 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.15 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a current ratio of 1.08.
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.81 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.02. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. had a net margin of 7.62% and a return on equity of 13.56%. The company had revenue of $1.58 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.60 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.77 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. will post 2.99 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.45%. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s dividend payout ratio is 62.40%.
In other news, CFO Douglas K. Howell sold 9,967 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.98, for a total transaction of $597,820.66. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 47,767 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,865,064.66. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Susan E. Pietrucha sold 3,601 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $57.78, for a total transaction of $208,065.78. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 4,055 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $234,297.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.60% of the company’s stock.
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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Company Profile
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co and its subsidiaries are engaged in providing insurance brokerage and consulting services, and third-party claims settlement and administration services to both domestic and international entities. The Company operates through three segments: brokerage, risk management and corporate.
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