News articles about Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty 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. Aon PLC earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.5501790112931 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) traded up 1.16% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $140.19. 755,373 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $36.74 billion, a PE ratio of 27.69 and a beta of 1.03. Aon PLC has a 12-month low of $107.19 and a 12-month high of $141.45. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $136.16 and a 200-day moving average price of $124.22.

Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) last released its earnings results on Friday, August 4th. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.45. The firm had revenue of $2.37 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.37 billion. Aon PLC had a net margin of 17.28% and a return on equity of 32.62%. The business’s revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.39 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Aon PLC will post $6.50 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 1st will be issued a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, July 28th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.03%. Aon PLC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 20.48%.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on AON. Deutsche Bank AG lifted their price objective on shares of Aon PLC from $113.00 to $123.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Citigroup Inc. lifted their price objective on shares of Aon PLC from $155.00 to $159.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $143.00 price objective on shares of Aon PLC in a research note on Sunday. Wells Fargo & Company reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Aon PLC in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Aon PLC from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $137.00.

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In related news, EVP Peter M. Lieb sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $130.40, for a total value of $260,800.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 20,216 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,636,166.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Laurel G. Meissner sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $126.19, for a total transaction of $504,760.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 16,314 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,058,663.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About Aon PLC

Aon plc (Aon) is a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing, delivering distinctive client value via risk management and workforce productivity solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Risk Solutions and Human Resource (HR) Solutions.

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