Media stories about Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unum Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.43 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.0151836279175 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Unum Group (NYSE UNM) traded down $0.84 during trading on Monday, hitting $56.65. The company had a trading volume of 1,290,581 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,172,568. The firm has a market capitalization of $12,900.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.82, a P/E/G ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 1.66. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 0.17 and a current ratio of 0.17. Unum Group has a one year low of $42.90 and a one year high of $57.55.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $1.09 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $2.82 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.82 billion. Unum Group had a return on equity of 10.37% and a net margin of 8.67%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.01 earnings per share. analysts predict that Unum Group will post 4.23 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 17th. Investors of record on Monday, October 30th were issued a dividend of $0.23 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, October 27th. This represents a $0.92 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.62%. Unum Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 21.60%.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, September 25th. BidaskClub downgraded Unum Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. Wells Fargo & Company set a $48.00 price objective on Unum Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 price objective on shares of Unum Group in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $53.27.

In other news, EVP Christopher J. Jerome sold 7,849 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.24, for a total transaction of $417,880.76. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director E Michael Caulfield sold 3,814 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.42, for a total value of $199,929.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.53% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Unum Group

Unum Group is a provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company’s products include disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision, and other related services. Its segments include Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, Closed Block and Corporate.

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