News stories about Athene (NYSE:ATH) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Athene earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.6689516862698 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Athene (NYSE:ATH) traded down $0.47 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $51.02. 316,785 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,654,402. Athene has a 52-week low of $45.15 and a 52-week high of $55.22. The firm has a market capitalization of $10,494.64, a PE ratio of 7.01, a P/E/G ratio of 0.67 and a beta of 0.37.

Athene (NYSE:ATH) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 21st. The insurance provider reported $1.69 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.23 by $0.46. Athene had a net margin of 16.47% and a return on equity of 12.97%. The company had revenue of $861.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $884.38 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.80 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Athene will post 5.22 EPS for the current year.

Several research firms have recently commented on ATH. Scotiabank restated a “hold” rating on shares of Athene in a report on Monday, December 4th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Athene from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $63.00 price objective on shares of Athene and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 21st. Citigroup reduced their price objective on shares of Athene from $58.00 to $54.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Finally, UBS Group upgraded shares of Athene from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Athene presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $61.92.

In other news, Director Manfred Puffer sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.92, for a total value of $529,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 55,728 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,949,125.76. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 10.60% of the company’s stock.

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Athene Company Profile

Athene Holding Ltd. is an insurance holding company. The Company’s segments include Retirement Services, Corporate and Other. Retirement Services segment consists of the United States and Bermuda operations, which issue and reinsure retirement savings products and institutional products. Retirement Services has retail operations, which provide annuity retirement solutions to its policyholders.

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