Media stories about Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Assurant earned a news impact score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.665652204907 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Separately, SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $115.00 price target on shares of Assurant in a research report on Thursday, October 12th.

Shares of Assurant (NYSE AIZ) traded down $0.84 on Friday, hitting $100.84. The stock had a trading volume of 366,867 shares, compared to its average volume of 416,876. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.53. Assurant has a 12-month low of $86.00 and a 12-month high of $106.99. The company has a market cap of $5,471.58, a PE ratio of 24.12, a P/E/G ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.78.

Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported ($1.40) earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.79) by $0.39. Assurant had a net margin of 3.67% and a return on equity of 3.55%. The company had revenue of $1.59 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.59 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.00 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 13.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Assurant will post 3.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 18th. Investors of record on Monday, November 27th were issued a $0.56 dividend. This is a positive change from Assurant’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.53. This represents a $2.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.22%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 24th. Assurant’s payout ratio is presently 53.59%.

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Assurant Company Profile

Assurant, Inc is a provider of risk management solutions in the housing and lifestyle markets. The Company operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s segments include Global Housing, Global Lifestyle and Global Preneed. Through its Global Housing segment, it provides lender-placed homeowners, manufactured housing and flood insurance; renters insurance and related products (multi-family housing business), and field services, valuation services and other property risk management services (mortgage solutions business).

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