Media stories about Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Validus Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.9495208676126 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

A number of research firms recently commented on VR. BidaskClub lowered Validus Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered Validus Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, July 7th. ValuEngine raised Validus Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 3rd. Deutsche Bank AG increased their price target on Validus Holdings from $56.00 to $59.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, April 28th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $55.00 price target on shares of Validus Holdings in a research report on Thursday, April 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $57.00.

Shares of Validus Holdings (VR) opened at 53.48 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.75 and a beta of 0.64. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $52.68 and a 200-day moving average price of $54.78. Validus Holdings has a 52-week low of $48.77 and a 52-week high of $58.76.

Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The insurance provider reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.99 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $675.27 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $922.84 million. Validus Holdings had a return on equity of 7.75% and a net margin of 11.81%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.66 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Validus Holdings will post $3.74 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be given a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.84%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. Validus Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 41.87%.

In related news, Director Matthew J. Grayson sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.50, for a total transaction of $267,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 99,520 shares in the company, valued at $5,324,320. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Matthew J. Grayson sold 30,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.67, for a total value of $1,580,100.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 61,393 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,233,569.31. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 70,151 shares of company stock valued at $3,708,012. 2.33% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Validus Holdings Company Profile

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183.

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