Latest Stocks: Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Likely to Affect Aon plc Class A (AON) Share Price

Latest Stocks: Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Likely to Affect Aon plc Class A (AON) Share Price

Media stories about Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. Alpha One, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aon plc Class A earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 80 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Alpha One’s scoring:

Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) opened at 131.00 on Tuesday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $124.36 and its 200 day moving average is $117.38. The company has a market capitalization of $34.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.88 and a beta of 1.01. Aon plc Class A has a one year low of $100.55 and a one year high of $132.34. Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, May 9th. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.28 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $2.38 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.35 billion. Aon plc Class A had a return on equity of 32.46% and a net margin of 12.01%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.35 EPS. Analysts predict that Aon plc Class A will post $6.48 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, May 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 1st were issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. This is a positive change from Aon plc Class A’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, April 27th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.10%. Aon plc Class A’s payout ratio is presently 25.53%. A number of research analysts recently issued reports on AON shares. Jefferies Group LLC raised their target price on shares of Aon plc Class A from $129.00 to $137.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 13th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $126.00 target price (up from $124.00) on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research note on Thursday, February 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Aon plc Class A from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $146.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, May 30th. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “sell” rating and issued a $122.00 price target on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG raised their price target on shares of Aon plc Class A from $108.00 to $113.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, May 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $126.10.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, May 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 1st were issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. This is a positive change from Aon plc Class A’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, April 27th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.10%. Aon plc Class A’s payout ratio is presently 25.53%. In other news, SVP Laurel G. Meissner sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $126.19, for a total transaction of $504,760.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 16,314 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,058,663.66. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Peter M. Lieb sold 16,683 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $117.29, for a total value of $1,956,749.07. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 22,216 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,605,714.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 22,683 shares of company stock valued at $2,722,309 in the last three months. 1.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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