News articles about AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AmTrust Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.8091232936508 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of AmTrust Financial Services (AFSI) opened at $10.20 on Friday. AmTrust Financial Services has a 1-year low of $8.80 and a 1-year high of $28.48. The company has a current ratio of 0.53, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. The company has a market cap of $1,960.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.46 and a beta of 1.11.

AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The insurance provider reported ($0.04) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by ($0.37). The company had revenue of $1.46 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.29 billion. AmTrust Financial Services had a net margin of 0.49% and a return on equity of 9.07%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.47 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that AmTrust Financial Services will post 0.94 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.17 per share. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.67%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. AmTrust Financial Services’s payout ratio is currently -212.50%.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $10.00 price target on shares of AmTrust Financial Services in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $12.00 price target on shares of AmTrust Financial Services in a report on Monday, November 6th. JMP Securities lowered shares of AmTrust Financial Services from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, November 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of AmTrust Financial Services from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of AmTrust Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $15.33.

In related news, SVP Ariel Gorelik acquired 2,962 shares of AmTrust Financial Services stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $9.33 per share, with a total value of $27,635.46. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 5,977 shares in the company, valued at $55,765.41. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 50.80% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About AmTrust Financial Services

Amtrust Financial Services, Inc (AmTrust) is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides specialty property and casualty insurance focusing on workers’ compensation and commercial package coverage for small business, specialty risk and extended warranty coverage, and property and casualty coverage for middle market business.

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