Markel (MKL) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media coverage about Markel (NYSE:MKL) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Markel earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.7480999958993 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.

MKL has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and set a $1,100.00 price objective on shares of Markel in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and set a $1,050.00 price objective on shares of Markel in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Boenning Scattergood restated a “buy” rating on shares of Markel in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Markel from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Markel currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $1,066.67.

Shares of Markel (MKL) traded up $2.53 on Tuesday, hitting $1,126.69. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 34,800 shares, compared to its average volume of 8,219. The firm has a market capitalization of $15,651.86, a PE ratio of 250.38 and a beta of 1.05. Markel has a 12 month low of $612.00 and a 12 month high of $1,157.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a current ratio of 0.55.

In related news, Director Lemuel E. Lewis acquired 1,000 shares of Markel stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were bought at an average price of $1,080.96 per share, for a total transaction of $1,080,960.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 5,294 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,722,602.24. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Vice Chairman Steven A. Markel sold 200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $1,132.73, for a total value of $226,546.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 107,210 shares in the company, valued at approximately $121,439,983.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 2,507 shares of company stock worth $2,736,884. 2.53% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Markel

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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