Prudential (PUK) Getting Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News coverage about Prudential (NYSE:PUK) has trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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. Prudential earned a news impact score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.7179983756516 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.

PUK traded up $0.16 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $52.26. The company had a trading volume of 87,609 shares, compared to its average volume of 207,525. The company has a quick ratio of 0.03, a current ratio of 0.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39. The stock has a market cap of $67,851.52, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.99, a PEG ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 1.56. Prudential has a 1 year low of $41.12 and a 1 year high of $55.36.

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The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 25th. Investors of record on Tuesday, April 3rd will be given a dividend of $0.9068 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 2nd. This represents a dividend yield of 3.4%. This is a boost from Prudential’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.38. Prudential’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 48.40%.

A number of research firms have weighed in on PUK. Zacks Investment Research raised Prudential from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, March 21st. Berenberg Bank downgraded Prudential from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $57.00.

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Prudential Company Profile

Prudential plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of retail financial products and services, and asset management services in Asia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Africa. The company offers health and protection, as well as other life insurance products, including participating business and mutual funds; and personal lines property and casualty insurance, group insurance, and institutional fund management services.

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