News stories about Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aon PLC earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3745948299167 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the company. ValuEngine downgraded Aon PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $143.00 target price on shares of Aon PLC in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Aon PLC in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. BidaskClub downgraded Aon PLC from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 18th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG raised their target price on Aon PLC from $113.00 to $123.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $138.20.

Aon PLC (NYSE AON) traded up 0.99% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $149.24. Aon PLC has a 52 week low of $107.19 and a 52 week high of $149.50. The stock has a market capitalization of $37.96 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.80 and a beta of 1.04. The company’s 50-day moving average is $143.63 and its 200-day moving average is $133.40.

Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) last announced its earnings results on Friday, August 4th. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.45. Aon PLC had a return on equity of 32.62% and a net margin of 17.28%. The firm had revenue of $2.37 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.37 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.39 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Aon PLC will post $6.50 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.96%. Aon PLC’s payout ratio is 20.48%.

In related news, CEO Michael J. O’connor sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $140.28, for a total transaction of $1,402,800.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 123,805 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,367,365.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 0.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Aon PLC Company Profile

Aon plc (Aon) is a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing, delivering distinctive client value via risk management and workforce productivity solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Risk Solutions and Human Resource (HR) Solutions.

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