Media headlines about Waddell & Reed Financial (NYSE:WDR) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Waddell & Reed Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the asset manager an impact score of 45.9825797750434 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Waddell & Reed Financial (NYSE WDR) traded down 0.69% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $20.23. 705,737 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $1.69 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.72 and a beta of 2.04. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $18.68 and a 200-day moving average of $18.32. Waddell & Reed Financial has a one year low of $15.02 and a one year high of $22.45.

Waddell & Reed Financial (NYSE:WDR) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The asset manager reported $0.39 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $286.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $285.25 million. Waddell & Reed Financial had a return on equity of 18.75% and a net margin of 11.34%. Waddell & Reed Financial’s quarterly revenue was down 10.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.59 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Waddell & Reed Financial will post $1.45 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, October 11th will be paid a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, October 10th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 9.03%. Waddell & Reed Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 115.72%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on WDR shares. ValuEngine raised Waddell & Reed Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 20th. BidaskClub raised Waddell & Reed Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised Waddell & Reed Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $20.00 price objective on shares of Waddell & Reed Financial in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 price objective (down previously from $20.00) on shares of Waddell & Reed Financial in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $18.19.

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In other Waddell & Reed Financial news, Director Alan W. Kosloff sold 25,076 shares of Waddell & Reed Financial stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.40, for a total value of $486,474.40. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 71,873 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,394,336.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Benjamin R. Clouse sold 5,903 shares of Waddell & Reed Financial stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.01, for a total value of $118,119.03. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 25,845 shares in the company, valued at $517,158.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 3.80% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About Waddell & Reed Financial

Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc, incorporated on December 24, 1981, is a holding company. The Company is a mutual fund and asset management company. The Company provides investment management, investment advisory, investment product underwriting, and distribution and shareholder services administration to Waddell & Reed Advisors group of mutual funds (the Advisors Funds), Ivy Funds, Ivy Funds Variable Insurance Portfolios (Ivy Funds VIP), InvestEd Portfolios and 529 college savings plan (collectively, the Funds), and the Ivy Global Investors Fund SICAV (the SICAV) and its Ivy Global Investors sub-funds (the IGI Funds), and institutional and separately managed accounts.

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