News articles about Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Validus Holdings earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.388923626789 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

VR has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Buckingham Research initiated coverage on shares of Validus Holdings in a report on Monday, September 11th. They set a “buy” rating and a $52.00 price target on the stock. Bank of America Corporation raised shares of Validus Holdings from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. ValuEngine raised shares of Validus Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Validus Holdings from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, UBS AG lowered their target price on shares of Validus Holdings from $57.00 to $50.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, September 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Validus Holdings currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $54.83.

Shares of Validus Holdings (NYSE VR) traded down $0.46 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $50.54. 693,900 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 607,790. Validus Holdings has a fifty-two week low of $41.15 and a fifty-two week high of $58.76. The company has a quick ratio of 0.95, a current ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52.

Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The insurance provider reported ($3.22) earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($3.30) by $0.08. Validus Holdings had a negative net margin of 1.38% and a negative return on equity of 0.49%. The business had revenue of $407.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $453.04 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.02 earnings per share. Validus Holdings’s quarterly revenue was up 24.3% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Validus Holdings will post -0.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.01%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. Validus Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -233.84%.

In other Validus Holdings news, CEO Lixin Zeng sold 26,136 shares of Validus Holdings stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.10, for a total value of $1,361,685.60. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 57,855 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,014,245.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 2.33% of the company’s stock.

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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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