Employers Holdings (NYSE:EIG) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about Employers Holdings (NYSE:EIG) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Employers Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.4629401409816 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

EIG has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Employers Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 30th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $53.00 price objective on shares of Employers Holdings in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Buckingham Research initiated coverage on shares of Employers Holdings in a research report on Monday, September 11th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $36.00 price objective on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $47.33.

Shares of Employers Holdings (EIG) opened at $47.60 on Tuesday. Employers Holdings has a 12 month low of $33.00 and a 12 month high of $49.60. The company has a market cap of $1,553.43, a P/E ratio of 17.29 and a beta of 1.13.

Employers Holdings (NYSE:EIG) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $210.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $193.04 million. Employers Holdings had a net margin of 13.32% and a return on equity of 10.39%. research analysts forecast that Employers Holdings will post 2.39 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.26%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 7th. Employers Holdings’s payout ratio is 18.81%.

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About Employers Holdings

Employers Holdings, Inc is a holding company. Through its insurance subsidiaries, the Company provides workers’ compensation insurance coverage to select, small businesses in low to medium hazard industries. It provides workers’ compensation insurance under a statutory system wherein employers are required to provide coverage for their employees’ medical, disability, vocational rehabilitation, and/or death benefit costs for work-related injuries or illnesses.

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