Media headlines about The Hanover Insurance Group (NYSE:THG) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The Hanover Insurance Group earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.6873026120505 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several research firms recently commented on THG. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of The Hanover Insurance Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. BidaskClub raised shares of The Hanover Insurance Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $91.00 target price on shares of The Hanover Insurance Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $93.00.

The Hanover Insurance Group (NYSE:THG) traded up 0.07% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $98.98. 218,683 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company has a market cap of $4.19 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.41 and a beta of 1.14. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $94.98 and a 200 day moving average of $89.47. The Hanover Insurance Group has a 12-month low of $74.06 and a 12-month high of $100.33.

The Hanover Insurance Group (NYSE:THG) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The insurance provider reported $1.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.55 by $0.14. The Hanover Insurance Group had a net margin of 3.95% and a return on equity of 5.83%. The firm had revenue of $1.27 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.30 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.05 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that The Hanover Insurance Group will post $6.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.02%. The Hanover Insurance Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 43.29%.

In related news, insider Christine Bilotti-Peterson sold 2,570 shares of The Hanover Insurance Group stock in a transaction on Friday, August 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $98.58, for a total value of $253,350.60. Following the sale, the insider now owns 1,760 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $173,500.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Mark Joseph Welzenbach sold 9,600 shares of The Hanover Insurance Group stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.94, for a total transaction of $940,224.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 34,121 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,341,810.74. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 50,630 shares of company stock worth $4,913,611 in the last three months. 1.08% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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The Hanover Insurance Group Company Profile

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company is engaged in providing property and casualty insurance products and services. The Company has four segments: Commercial Lines, Personal Lines, Chaucer and Other. It markets its domestic products and services through independent agents and brokers in the United States, and conducts business internationally through a subsidiary, Chaucer Holdings Limited, which operates through the Society and Corporation of Lloyd’s (Lloyd’s).

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