Headlines about Argo Group International (NASDAQ:AGII) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Argo Group International earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 44.1779331301399 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Several brokerages have weighed in on AGII. Zacks Investment Research cut Argo Group International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. BidaskClub upgraded Argo Group International from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th.

Argo Group International (NASDAQ:AGII) opened at $61.35 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22, a quick ratio of 0.52 and a current ratio of 0.52. Argo Group International has a 52 week low of $56.15 and a 52 week high of $69.03. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,797.18, a price-to-earnings ratio of 79.67 and a beta of 0.82.

Argo Group International (NASDAQ:AGII) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The insurance provider reported ($1.91) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.99 by ($2.90). Argo Group International had a net margin of 3.15% and a return on equity of 1.36%. The company had revenue of $439.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $433.90 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.12 earnings per share. Argo Group International’s revenue was up 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Argo Group International will post 0.87 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a dividend of $0.27 per share. This represents a $1.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.76%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. Argo Group International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 63.53%.

In other Argo Group International news, Director Hector Deleon sold 4,137 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.11, for a total transaction of $252,812.07. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 22,065 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,348,392.15. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Jay Stanley Bullock sold 6,743 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.97, for a total value of $411,120.71. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 85,767 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,229,213.99. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 17,524 shares of company stock worth $1,067,061. Company insiders own 4.86% of the company’s stock.

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Argo Group International Company Profile

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. is an underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. The Company operates through four segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Excess and Surplus Lines segment carriers focus on risks that the standard (admitted) market is unwilling or unable to underwrite.

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