News headlines about Everest Re Group (NYSE:RE) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Everest Re Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 48.0916219679125 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of Everest Re Group (NYSE:RE) traded up $3.54 on Friday, reaching $242.94. The company had a trading volume of 257,074 shares, compared to its average volume of 401,256. Everest Re Group has a 52 week low of $208.81 and a 52 week high of $277.17. The stock has a market cap of $9,798.19, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.81, a P/E/G ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 0.59. The company has a current ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08.

Everest Re Group (NYSE:RE) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 5th. The insurance provider reported $13.48 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $6.04 by $7.44. Everest Re Group had a return on equity of 28.04% and a net margin of 30.55%. The company had revenue of $1.87 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.52 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $9.08 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Everest Re Group will post 21.45 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 7th will be issued a dividend of $1.30 per share. This represents a $5.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.14%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 6th. Everest Re Group’s payout ratio is presently 46.68%.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Everest Re Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $290.00 price objective (up previously from $279.00) on shares of Everest Re Group in a report on Sunday, February 18th. TheStreet lowered Everest Re Group from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Monday, December 18th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $216.00 price objective on shares of Everest Re Group in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co set a $240.00 price objective on Everest Re Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $254.13.

In related news, Director John A. Graf bought 2,285 shares of Everest Re Group stock in a transaction on Monday, January 8th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $219.07 per share, with a total value of $500,574.95. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 5,550 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,215,838.50. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP John P. Doucette sold 300 shares of Everest Re Group stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $242.84, for a total value of $72,852.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 21,434 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,205,032.56. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Everest Re Group Company Profile

Everest Re Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the underwriting of reinsurance and insurance in the United States, Bermuda and international markets. The Company operates in segments: U.S. Reinsurance, International, Bermuda and Insurance segment. The Company underwrites reinsurance both through brokers and directly with ceding companies.

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