Prudential Public Limited (NYSE:PUK) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on PUK shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Prudential Public from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 14th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Prudential Public in a research note on Wednesday, March 13th.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. FinTrust Capital Advisors LLC grew its stake in Prudential Public by 80.7% in the first quarter. FinTrust Capital Advisors LLC now owns 826 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $33,000 after acquiring an additional 369 shares during the period. We Are One Seven LLC acquired a new position in Prudential Public in the fourth quarter valued at about $37,000. Whittier Trust Co. grew its stake in Prudential Public by 68.7% in the fourth quarter. Whittier Trust Co. now owns 1,044 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $37,000 after acquiring an additional 425 shares during the period. CNB Bank acquired a new position in Prudential Public in the fourth quarter valued at about $39,000. Finally, Cornerstone Advisors Inc. grew its stake in Prudential Public by 48.4% in the first quarter. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. now owns 1,361 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $55,000 after acquiring an additional 444 shares during the period. 1.65% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Prudential Public stock opened at $41.90 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.04, a current ratio of 0.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44. Prudential Public has a 12 month low of $33.31 and a 12 month high of $52.65. The firm has a market cap of $55.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.48, a P/E/G ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 1.37.

The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 24th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 29th will be paid a $0.8937 dividend. This represents a yield of 4.22%. This is a boost from Prudential Public’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.16. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 28th. Prudential Public’s payout ratio is presently 36.23%.

About Prudential Public

Prudential plc, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of retail financial products and services, and asset management services in Asia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Africa. The company offers health and protection, as well as other life insurance products, including participating business; mutual funds; and personal lines property and casualty insurance, group insurance, and institutional fund management services.

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