Media stories about Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aon plc Class A earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.9223178131211 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Aon plc Class A’s (AON) “Buy” Rating Reiterated at Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com)
- Aon : Announces 11% Increase to Annual Cash Dividend (4-traders.com)
- Aon plc Class A (AON) Downgraded by BidaskClub to “Buy” (americanbankingnews.com)
- $2.94 Billion in Sales Expected for Aon plc Class A (AON) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- Aon plc Class A (AON) Plans Quarterly Dividend of $0.40 (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of brokerages recently issued reports on AON. Citigroup reduced their price target on Aon plc Class A from $166.00 to $160.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, April 10th. Wells Fargo restated a “hold” rating and set a $143.00 price target on shares of Aon plc Class A in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Aon plc Class A from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 20th. Barclays reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $135.00 target price on shares of Aon plc Class A in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, William Blair downgraded Aon plc Class A from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $146.58.
Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) last posted its earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The financial services provider reported $2.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.34 by $0.01. Aon plc Class A had a return on equity of 32.41% and a net margin of 12.26%. The firm had revenue of $2.91 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.84 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $2.56 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Aon plc Class A will post 7.98 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 1st will be given a $0.40 dividend. This is a boost from Aon plc Class A’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.36. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.11%. Aon plc Class A’s payout ratio is currently 22.09%.
In other news, insider Anthony R. Goland sold 2,124 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $141.16, for a total value of $299,823.84. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 261 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $36,842.76. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Michael Neller sold 1,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $140.12, for a total value of $210,180.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 123,477 shares of company stock worth $17,453,753. Insiders own 0.90% of the company’s stock.
About Aon plc Class A
Aon plc (Aon) is a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing, delivering distinctive client value via risk management and workforce productivity solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Risk Solutions and Human Resource (HR) Solutions.
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