Media coverage about Brown & Brown (NYSE:BRO) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. Brown & Brown earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.8197156726882 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

BRO stock opened at $30.82 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $8.59 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.10, a P/E/G ratio of 2.52 and a beta of 0.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a current ratio of 0.98 and a quick ratio of 0.98. Brown & Brown has a 52-week low of $22.66 and a 52-week high of $31.06.

Brown & Brown (NYSE:BRO) last announced its earnings results on Monday, July 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.26 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.28 by ($0.02). Brown & Brown had a return on equity of 11.75% and a net margin of 22.25%. The business had revenue of $473.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $472.74 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.25 EPS. Brown & Brown’s quarterly revenue was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Brown & Brown will post 1.22 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, August 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 8th were paid a $0.075 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 7th. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.97%. Brown & Brown’s payout ratio is presently 31.25%.

BRO has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on Brown & Brown from $26.00 to $28.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 14th. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Brown & Brown in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $31.00 price target for the company. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 price target on shares of Brown & Brown in a research note on Wednesday, July 25th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 price target on shares of Brown & Brown in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $26.00 price target on shares of Brown & Brown in a research note on Monday, July 23rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Brown & Brown has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $28.13.

About Brown & Brown

Brown & Brown, Inc markets and sells insurance products in the United States, England, Canada, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands. Its Retail segment offers property insurance relating to physical damage to property and resultant interruption of business, or extra expense caused by fire, windstorm, or other perils; casualty insurance relating to legal liabilities, professional liability, cyber-liability, workers' compensation, and commercial and private passenger automobile coverages; fidelity and surety bonds; and life, accident, disability, health, hospitalization, medical, dental, and other ancillary insurance products, as well as risk management, loss control surveys and analysis, consultation, and claims processing services.

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