Assurant (AIZ) Receives Daily Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.19

News coverage about Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Assurant earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.5040748616313 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. BidaskClub downgraded Assurant from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $115.00 target price on shares of Assurant in a report on Thursday, October 12th.

Assurant (AIZ) traded down $0.18 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $98.02. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 355,474 shares, compared to its average volume of 395,408. Assurant has a 52 week low of $86.00 and a 52 week high of $106.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.53. The company has a market capitalization of $5,370.41, a P/E ratio of 38.98, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.78.

Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported ($1.40) earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.79) by $0.39. Assurant had a return on equity of 3.55% and a net margin of 3.67%. The company had revenue of $1.59 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.59 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.00 earnings per share. Assurant’s revenue was down 13.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Assurant will post 3.69 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 18th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 27th will be issued a $0.56 dividend. This is an increase from Assurant’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.53. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 24th. This represents a $2.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.29%. Assurant’s dividend payout ratio is currently 53.59%.

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Assurant Company Profile

Assurant, Inc is a provider of risk management solutions in the housing and lifestyle markets. The Company operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s segments include Global Housing, Global Lifestyle and Global Preneed. Through its Global Housing segment, it provides lender-placed homeowners, manufactured housing and flood insurance; renters insurance and related products (multi-family housing business), and field services, valuation services and other property risk management services (mortgage solutions business).

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