News headlines about American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Financial Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.1106372915366 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

A number of research firms have commented on AFG. Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. BidaskClub downgraded American Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 25th.

American Financial Group (AFG) traded up $0.57 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $105.30. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 285,256 shares, compared to its average volume of 353,655. American Financial Group has a 12 month low of $85.26 and a 12 month high of $106.76. The company has a current ratio of 0.19, a quick ratio of 0.19 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,220.00, a P/E ratio of 16.53, a P/E/G ratio of 2.97 and a beta of 0.86.

American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The insurance provider reported $1.06 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.85 by $0.21. American Financial Group had a return on equity of 10.90% and a net margin of 10.22%. The company had revenue of $1.27 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $979.50 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.51 earnings per share. American Financial Group’s quarterly revenue was up 9.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that American Financial Group will post 6.05 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a special dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 17th were given a $2.00 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 16th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.33%. This is a boost from American Financial Group’s previous special dividend of $1.50. American Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 17.97%.

In other news, CEO S Craig Lindner sold 50,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.21, for a total value of $5,310,500.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Carl H. Lindner III sold 150,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $104.71, for a total value of $15,706,500.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 13.70% of the company’s stock.

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About American Financial Group

American Financial Group, Inc (AFG) is a holding company engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance businesses. The Company, through Great American Insurance Group, focuses on commercial products for businesses, and is engaged in the sale of fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets.

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