Media stories about Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Voya Financial earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the asset manager an impact score of 45.3968656758212 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on VOYA shares. Wells Fargo & Company reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Voya Financial in a report on Friday, December 8th. Sandler O’Neill raised shares of Voya Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 13th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 price target on shares of Voya Financial in a report on Friday, November 10th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $50.00 target price on shares of Voya Financial in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Voya Financial in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $46.00 target price for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $47.70.

Shares of Voya Financial (VOYA) traded down $1.03 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $45.27. 1,351,214 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,531,225. Voya Financial has a one year low of $33.53 and a one year high of $47.04. The company has a market capitalization of $8,325.88, a P/E ratio of 15.97, a PEG ratio of 0.85 and a beta of 1.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a quick ratio of 0.14 and a current ratio of 0.14.

Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The asset manager reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by ($0.39). Voya Financial had a positive return on equity of 3.92% and a negative net margin of 3.64%. The company had revenue of $226.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $322.92 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($1.24) earnings per share. research analysts expect that Voya Financial will post 3 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th will be paid a $0.01 dividend. This represents a $0.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.09%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th. Voya Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently -2.23%.

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Voya Financial Company Profile

Voya Financial, Inc is a retirement, investment and insurance company. The Company operates through five segments: Retirement, Investment Management, Annuities, Individual Life and Employee Benefits. The Retirement segment is a provider of retirement services and products in the United States. The Investment Management segment offers domestic and international fixed income, equity, multi-asset and alternatives products and solutions.

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