Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Prudential Public (PUK) Share Price

News headlines about Prudential Public (NYSE:PUK) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Prudential Public earned a news sentiment score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.7179983756516 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

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NYSE:PUK traded down $0.85 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $49.37. 166,106 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 212,648. The stock has a market cap of $66,143.91, a P/E ratio of 13.20, a P/E/G ratio of 1.31 and a beta of 1.56. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a current ratio of 0.03 and a quick ratio of 0.03. Prudential Public has a 1-year low of $41.12 and a 1-year high of $55.36.

The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 25th. Investors of record on Tuesday, April 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.9068 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 2nd. This represents a yield of 3.4%. This is a boost from Prudential Public’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.38. Prudential Public’s dividend payout ratio is currently 20.86%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Prudential Public from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price for the company in a report on Saturday, January 13th. Berenberg Bank cut shares of Prudential Public from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Prudential Public from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, December 9th. 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. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $57.00.

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Prudential Public Company Profile

Prudential Public Limited Company is an international financial services company. The Company offers a range of retail financial products and services and asset management services throughout these territories. The Company operates through Insurance operations and Asset management operations. The retail financial products and services include life insurance, pensions and annuities as well as collective investment schemes.

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