News coverage about W. R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. W. R. Berkley earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.9099645036368 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

W. R. Berkley (WRB) traded up $0.16 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $71.06. 302,900 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 399,039. The firm has a market cap of $8,660.00, a PE ratio of 16.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.24 and a beta of 0.91. W. R. Berkley has a twelve month low of $62.00 and a twelve month high of $73.17. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 0.34 and a current ratio of 0.34.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th were given a dividend of $0.14 per share. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.79%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 29th. W. R. Berkley’s dividend payout ratio is 13.18%.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on WRB. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of W. R. Berkley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $79.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $69.00 price target on shares of W. R. Berkley in a report on Friday, November 17th. Deutsche Bank upped their price target on shares of W. R. Berkley from $65.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Bank of America upped their price target on shares of W. R. Berkley from $73.00 to $74.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of W. R. Berkley in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. W. R. Berkley currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $70.38.

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W. R. Berkley Company Profile

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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