Press coverage about State National Companies (NASDAQ:SNC) has been trending positive on Friday, according to AlphaOne. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. State National Companies earned a news impact score of 0.44 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Alpha One’s rankings:

Several research firms have weighed in on SNC. FBR & Co reissued a “buy” rating on shares of State National Companies in a research report on Friday, February 24th. TheStreet raised State National Companies from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. JMP Securities raised their price target on State National Companies from $14.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, January 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded State National Companies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 12th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity raised State National Companies to a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price target for the company in a research report on Sunday, December 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $24.17.

State National Companies (NASDAQ:SNC) traded down 0.14% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $14.45. The stock had a trading volume of 59,010 shares. The stock has a market cap of $605.80 million, a PE ratio of 12.46 and a beta of 1.04. State National Companies has a one year low of $9.90 and a one year high of $14.98. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $14.35 and a 200 day moving average price of $13.20.

State National Companies (NASDAQ:SNC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 23rd. The insurance provider reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.05. The firm earned $60.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $52.73 million. State National Companies had a net margin of 23.03% and a return on equity of 17.65%. Equities analysts expect that State National Companies will post $1.17 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 4th. Investors of record on Monday, March 20th were issued a $0.06 dividend. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.66%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 16th. State National Companies’s dividend payout ratio is presently 20.69%.

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About State National Companies

State National Companies, Inc is a specialty provider of property and casualty insurance. The Company’s segments include Program Services, Lender Services and Corporate. In the Program Services segment, the Company operates an issuing carrier (fronting) business to provide insurance capacity access to the United States property and casualty insurance markets.

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