News articles about United Fire Group (NASDAQ:UFCS) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring 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. United Fire Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 45 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Shares of United Fire Group (UFCS) traded down 1.39% during trading on Monday, reaching $43.42. 36,791 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. United Fire Group has a 1-year low of $37.54 and a 1-year high of $50.75. The company has a market capitalization of $1.09 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.80 and a beta of 0.78. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $43.61 and a 200-day moving average of $44.72.
United Fire Group (NASDAQ:UFCS) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The insurance provider reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.83 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $279.11 million during the quarter. United Fire Group had a net margin of 4.11% and a return on equity of 4.42%. On average, equities analysts predict that United Fire Group will post $1.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 1st were paid a $0.28 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, May 30th. This is an increase from United Fire Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.56%. United Fire Group’s dividend payout ratio is 61.20%.
UFCS has been the subject of several recent research reports. BidaskClub raised shares of United Fire Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $44.00 price target on shares of United Fire Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 27th. Finally, Sidoti initiated coverage on shares of United Fire Group in a research report on Friday, June 9th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $48.00 price target for the company.
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United Fire Group Company Profile
United Fire Group, Inc, formerly United Fire & Casualty Company, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance and life insurance and selling annuities. The Company operates in two segments: property and casualty insurance, and life insurance. The Company’s property and casualty insurance segment consists of commercial lines insurance, including surety bonds, personal lines insurance and assumed insurance.
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