Validus (VR) Earns Media Impact Score of 0.17

Media stories about Validus (NYSE:VR) have 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. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Validus earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.514159506662 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of Validus (VR) traded down $0.82 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $46.35. The company had a trading volume of 773,567 shares, compared to its average volume of 609,304. Validus has a 1 year low of $41.15 and a 1 year high of $58.76. The company has a current ratio of 0.95, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52.

Validus (NYSE:VR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The insurance provider reported ($3.22) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($3.30) by $0.08. Validus had a negative return on equity of 0.49% and a negative net margin of 1.38%. The firm had revenue of $407.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $453.04 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.02 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Validus will post -0.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.28%. Validus’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -233.84%.

VR has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Bank of America upgraded Validus from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Buckingham Research initiated coverage on Validus in a report on Monday, September 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $52.00 price target on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded Validus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Validus from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, UBS cut their price target on Validus from $57.00 to $50.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Validus presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $54.83.

In other Validus news, President Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total transaction of $345,812.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Lixin Zeng sold 26,136 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.10, for a total value of $1,361,685.60. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 57,855 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,014,245.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.33% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Validus

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183.

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