Shares of XL Capital Partners Co. (NYSE:XL) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eighteen research firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $48.16.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on XL. JMP Securities cut shares of XL Capital Partners from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, March 12th. Barclays cut shares of XL Capital Partners from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and upped their price objective for the company from $50.00 to $58.00 in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. UBS cut shares of XL Capital Partners from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $45.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Monday, March 19th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods cut shares of XL Capital Partners from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, Citigroup upped their price objective on shares of XL Capital Partners from $40.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th.

XL opened at $55.80 on Wednesday. XL Capital Partners has a twelve month low of $33.77 and a twelve month high of $56.39. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a current ratio of 0.36 and a quick ratio of 0.36. The stock has a market cap of $14,184.28, a P/E ratio of -27.76, a P/E/G ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 0.48.

XL Capital Partners (NYSE:XL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The insurance provider reported $0.45 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.07. XL Capital Partners had a negative net margin of 4.95% and a negative return on equity of 4.25%. The firm had revenue of $2.91 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.73 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.47 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that XL Capital Partners will post 3.67 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 2nd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were paid a $0.22 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $0.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.58%. XL Capital Partners’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -43.78%.

In other news, CFO Stephen Robb sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.00, for a total value of $800,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Susan Lee Cross sold 70,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.21, for a total transaction of $2,814,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 172,290 shares of company stock valued at $7,078,776. Corporate insiders own 3.02% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC boosted its position in shares of XL Capital Partners by 5.9% during the 4th quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 18,073,834 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $635,477,000 after purchasing an additional 1,000,934 shares during the period. Boston Partners boosted its position in shares of XL Capital Partners by 112.6% during the 4th quarter. Boston Partners now owns 11,902,560 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $418,494,000 after purchasing an additional 6,304,849 shares during the period. Altrinsic Global Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of XL Capital Partners by 28.1% during the 4th quarter. Altrinsic Global Advisors LLC now owns 4,064,274 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $142,900,000 after purchasing an additional 891,929 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of XL Capital Partners by 2.2% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 2,679,768 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $94,025,000 after purchasing an additional 57,527 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its position in shares of XL Capital Partners by 0.5% during the 4th quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 2,005,848 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $70,528,000 after purchasing an additional 9,777 shares during the period. 98.97% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About XL Capital Partners

XL Group plc is an insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises. The Company operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company’s Insurance segment is organized into four product divisions: Global Casualty (Casualty); Global Energy Property, & Construction (EPC); Global Professional (Professional), and Global Specialty (Specialty).

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