Media headlines about American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog 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. American Financial Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.2164645347172 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several analysts have issued reports on AFG shares. Bank of America upped their price target on shares of American Financial Group from $120.00 to $122.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of American Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Sandler O’Neill restated a “buy” rating and issued a $119.00 price target on shares of American Financial Group in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of American Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. American Financial Group presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $116.75.

Shares of American Financial Group (NYSE AFG) traded down $0.35 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $114.07. 4,084 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 339,867. The company has a market cap of $10,136.27, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.59, a PEG ratio of 1.15 and a beta of 0.80. American Financial Group has a 1-year low of $92.45 and a 1-year high of $121.69. The company has a current ratio of 0.18, a quick ratio of 0.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24.

American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The insurance provider reported $2.20 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.67 by $0.53. The business had revenue of $1.23 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.11 billion. American Financial Group had a net margin of 6.92% and a return on equity of 11.09%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.98 EPS. analysts predict that American Financial Group will post 8.2 EPS for the current year.

In other American Financial Group news, Director Gregory G. Joseph purchased 500 shares of American Financial Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 26th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $113.50 per share, with a total value of $56,750.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Virginia Drosos sold 1,438 shares of American Financial Group stock in a transaction on Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $104.21, for a total transaction of $149,853.98. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 8,034 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $837,223.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 13.70% of the company’s stock.

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About American Financial Group

American Financial Group, Inc (AFG) is a holding company engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance businesses. The Company, through Great American Insurance Group, focuses on commercial products for businesses, and is engaged in the sale of fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets.

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