Media stories about FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) have trended positive this week, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. FBL Financial Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.41 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3763761744173 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- FBL Financial Group, Inc. (FFG) Upgraded at ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com)
- Zacks Investment Research Upgrades FBL Financial Group, Inc. (FFG) to Buy (americanbankingnews.com)
- FBL Financial Group, Inc. (FFG) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- At $67.9, Is It Time To Buy FBL Financial Group Inc (FFG)? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Zacks: FBL Financial Group, Inc. (FFG) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of FBL Financial Group (NYSE FFG) traded up 0.29% on Friday, reaching $69.85. 68,238 shares of the company were exchanged. FBL Financial Group has a 12 month low of $59.75 and a 12 month high of $82.60. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $69.29 and its 200 day moving average price is $65.96. The company has a market cap of $1.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.15 and a beta of 0.87.
FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.23 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by $0.19. The business had revenue of $189.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $181.63 million. FBL Financial Group had a net margin of 15.70% and a return on equity of 9.12%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.02 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that FBL Financial Group will post $4.45 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be given a dividend of $0.44 per share. This represents a $1.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. FBL Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 38.18%.
Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of FBL Financial Group from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of FBL Financial Group from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of FBL Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $72.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, June 19th.
In other FBL Financial Group news, Director Scott Vanderwal sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.46, for a total transaction of $140,920.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 4,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $281,840. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.60% of the company’s stock.
FBL Financial Group Company Profile
FBL Financial Group, Inc sells individual life insurance and annuity products under the brand name of Farm Bureau Financial Services. The Company’s segments are Annuity Segment, which sells a variety of traditional annuity products; Life Insurance Segment, which sells a range of traditional and universal life insurance products, and Corporate and Other segment, which provides various support operations, corporate capital and other product lines.
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