AmTrust Financial Services (AFSI) Given Media Sentiment Score of 0.24

Press coverage about AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. AmTrust Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.599799917286 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) opened at $12.86 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $2,520.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -40.19 and a beta of 1.10. AmTrust Financial Services has a fifty-two week low of $8.80 and a fifty-two week high of $27.93. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46.

AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The insurance provider reported ($0.04) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by ($0.37). The business had revenue of $1.46 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.29 billion. AmTrust Financial Services had a return on equity of 9.07% and a net margin of 0.49%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.47 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that AmTrust Financial Services will post 0.91 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were issued a $0.17 dividend. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.29%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 29th. AmTrust Financial Services’s payout ratio is -212.50%.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on AFSI. BidaskClub lowered AmTrust Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised AmTrust Financial Services from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $11.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, January 8th. ValuEngine lowered AmTrust Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $10.00 price objective on shares of AmTrust Financial Services in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Finally, JMP Securities lowered AmTrust Financial Services from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, November 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. AmTrust Financial Services presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.71.

In other AmTrust Financial Services news, SVP Ariel Gorelik bought 2,962 shares of AmTrust Financial Services stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $9.33 per share, with a total value of $27,635.46. Following the acquisition, the senior vice president now owns 5,977 shares in the company, valued at $55,765.41. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 50.80% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About AmTrust Financial Services

Amtrust Financial Services, Inc (AmTrust) is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides specialty property and casualty insurance focusing on workers’ compensation and commercial package coverage for small business, specialty risk and extended warranty coverage, and property and casualty coverage for middle market business.

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