Press coverage about Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) has been trending positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unum Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.40 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.1371038889621 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

A number of research firms have weighed in on UNM. Barclays PLC increased their price objective on Unum Group from $56.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Zacks Investment Research cut Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. BidaskClub raised Unum Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Unum Group in a research report on Sunday, July 30th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Unum Group in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $46.78.

Shares of Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) opened at 50.12 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.31 billion, a PE ratio of 12.07 and a beta of 1.57. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $48.82 and a 200 day moving average price of $47.20. Unum Group has a 12-month low of $33.98 and a 12-month high of $51.43.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $1.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.01 by $0.04. Unum Group had a return on equity of 10.23% and a net margin of 8.57%. The business had revenue of $2.81 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.80 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.00 EPS. Analysts predict that Unum Group will post $4.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Gloria C. Larson sold 2,460 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.23, for a total value of $123,565.80. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Pamela H. Godwin sold 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.71, for a total value of $126,775.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.53% of the company’s stock.

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Unum Group Company Profile

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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