Media headlines about W. R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing 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 positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. W. R. Berkley earned a daily sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.7142114482451 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
W. R. Berkley (NYSE WRB) traded up $0.31 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $69.74. The company had a trading volume of 245,252 shares, compared to its average volume of 428,860. The company has a quick ratio of 0.34, a current ratio of 0.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. The stock has a market capitalization of $8,289.75, a P/E ratio of 16.29, a P/E/G ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.84. W. R. Berkley has a 12 month low of $62.00 and a 12 month high of $74.43.
Several equities analysts have recently commented on WRB shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $69.00 price objective on shares of W. R. Berkley in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded W. R. Berkley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $79.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Bank of America boosted their price objective on W. R. Berkley from $73.00 to $74.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Deutsche Bank boosted their price objective on W. R. Berkley from $65.00 to $66.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of W. R. Berkley in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. W. R. Berkley has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.38.
W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company. It operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance-Global. The Insurance segment consists of its commercial insurance business operations, comprising excess and surplus lines, and admitted lines, throughout the United States, as well as its insurance business operations in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia.
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