Media stories about Markel (NYSE:MKL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing 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. Markel earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.7342862545129 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Shares of Markel (NYSE:MKL) traded up $2.53 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $1,126.69. The stock had a trading volume of 34,808 shares, compared to its average volume of 8,219. The firm has a market capitalization of $15,713.54, a P/E ratio of 250.38 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a current ratio of 0.55. Markel has a 1-year low of $612.00 and a 1-year high of $1,157.30.
A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on MKL. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Markel from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $1,050.00 price target on shares of Markel in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $1,100.00 price target on shares of Markel in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Markel in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $1,066.67.
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Markel Company Profile
Markel Corporation is a financial holding company serving a range of markets. The Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. It monitors and reports its ongoing underwriting operations in three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company, through its subsidiary Markel Ventures, Inc (Markel Ventures), owns interests in various industrial and service businesses that operate outside of the specialty insurance marketplace.
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