Shares of Kemper Corp (NYSE:KMPR) have been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the seven brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $55.00.

KMPR has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kemper from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. ValuEngine lowered Kemper from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Kemper from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th.

Shares of Kemper (NYSE:KMPR) traded up $0.90 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $69.60. The stock had a trading volume of 86,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 145,233. Kemper has a 52 week low of $36.35 and a 52 week high of $71.52. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,530.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.78 and a beta of 1.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 0.17 and a current ratio of 0.17.

Kemper (NYSE:KMPR) last announced its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The insurance provider reported $0.85 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.57. Kemper had a return on equity of 9.26% and a net margin of 6.90%. The company had revenue of $690.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $680.90 million. During the same period last year, the company posted ($0.40) earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Kemper will post 1.57 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in KMPR. Westwood Holdings Group Inc. increased its position in Kemper by 217.9% in the second quarter. Westwood Holdings Group Inc. now owns 828,927 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $32,190,000 after purchasing an additional 568,157 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Kemper in the third quarter worth about $21,947,000. Mesirow Financial Investment Management Equity Management acquired a new stake in Kemper in the third quarter worth about $14,731,000. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Kemper by 4.3% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,609,922 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $139,342,000 after purchasing an additional 150,227 shares during the period. Finally, Rafferty Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in Kemper in the second quarter worth about $4,424,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 57.72% of the company’s stock.

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About Kemper

Kemper Corporation (Kemper) is a diversified insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides automobile, homeowners, life, health and other insurance products to individuals and businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Property & Casualty Insurance, and Life & Health Insurance.

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