News headlines about Principal Financial Group (NYSE:PFG) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Principal Financial Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.1989236233375 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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Shares of Principal Financial Group (PFG) traded down $0.32 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $74.72. 305,250 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,056,917. The firm has a market cap of $21,900.00, a P/E ratio of 12.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.35 and a beta of 1.72. The company has a quick ratio of 0.10, a current ratio of 0.10 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26. Principal Financial Group has a 1-year low of $56.12 and a 1-year high of $75.58.

Principal Financial Group (NYSE:PFG) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $1.28 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.30 by ($0.02). The firm had revenue of $3.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.12 billion. Principal Financial Group had a net margin of 12.35% and a return on equity of 13.55%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.15 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Principal Financial Group will post 5.22 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on PFG shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Principal Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $76.00 target price on shares of Principal Financial Group in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of Principal Financial Group in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $70.00 price objective on the stock. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Principal Financial Group from $67.00 to $72.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 price objective on shares of Principal Financial Group in a report on Monday, December 11th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $69.89.

In other Principal Financial Group news, CEO Daniel Joseph Houston sold 37,080 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.05, for a total transaction of $2,597,454.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Karen E. Shaff sold 50,561 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.51, for a total transaction of $3,514,495.11. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 301,958 shares of company stock worth $21,343,156 over the last quarter. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Principal Financial Group

Principal Financial Group, Inc is an investment management company. The Company offers a range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance. Its segments include Retirement and Income Solutions; Principal Global Investors, Principal International; U.S. Insurance Solutions, and Corporate.

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