Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL)‘s stock had its “market perform” rating restated by equities researchers at William Blair in a research report issued on Thursday.

Other equities analysts also recently issued reports about the company. SunTrust Banks Inc. increased their target price on Markel Corp. from $920.00 to $950.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 4th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Markel Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 8th.

Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL) traded down 0.46% during trading on Thursday, hitting $876.01. The stock had a trading volume of 9,011 shares. The company has a 50-day moving average of $892.61 and a 200 day moving average of $926.89. Markel Corp. has a 52 week low of $805.03 and a 52 week high of $989.18. The company has a market cap of $12.26 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.14 and a beta of 0.87.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in MKL. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Markel Corp. by 2.7% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 992,157 shares of the company’s stock worth $945,307,000 after buying an additional 25,827 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Markel Corp. by 3.3% in the third quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 607,699 shares of the company’s stock worth $564,412,000 after buying an additional 19,151 shares during the period. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. boosted its stake in shares of Markel Corp. by 0.6% in the third quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 352,222 shares of the company’s stock worth $327,133,000 after buying an additional 2,161 shares during the period. DAVENPORT & Co LLC boosted its stake in shares of Markel Corp. by 1.0% in the third quarter. DAVENPORT & Co LLC now owns 283,451 shares of the company’s stock worth $263,261,000 after buying an additional 2,936 shares during the period. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Markel Corp. by 0.3% in the second quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 214,783 shares of the company’s stock worth $204,641,000 after buying an additional 740 shares during the period. 75.12% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Markel Corp.

Markel Corporation is a financial holding company serving a range of markets. The Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. The Company monitors and reports its ongoing underwriting operations in three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance and Reinsurance.

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