News headlines about Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Validus Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.3522585238706 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. UBS AG reduced their target price on Validus Holdings from $57.00 to $50.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday. Buckingham Research assumed coverage on Validus Holdings in a research note on Monday, September 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $52.00 target price for the company. ValuEngine upgraded Validus Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $55.00 target price on Validus Holdings and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered Validus Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 18th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $56.29.

Validus Holdings (VR) opened at 46.93 on Thursday. The stock has a market cap of $3.73 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.94 and a beta of 0.65. Validus Holdings has a 1-year low of $41.15 and a 1-year high of $58.76. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $50.52 and its 200-day moving average price is $53.22.

Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The insurance provider reported $1.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.99 by $0.10. Validus Holdings had a net margin of 11.81% and a return on equity of 7.75%. The company had revenue of $675.27 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $922.84 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.66 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Validus Holdings will post $3.71 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.24%. Validus Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 41.87%.

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About Validus Holdings

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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