News articles about AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. AmTrust Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.6425801898511 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of AmTrust Financial Services (AFSI) opened at 14.02 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $2.75 billion, a PE ratio of 13.62 and a beta of 1.24. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $13.17 and its 200-day moving average is $14.33. AmTrust Financial Services has a 52 week low of $11.36 and a 52 week high of $28.48.

AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The insurance provider reported $0.40 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.36 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $1.37 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.38 billion. AmTrust Financial Services had a return on equity of 14.26% and a net margin of 5.14%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.77 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that AmTrust Financial Services will post $1.21 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 2nd were issued a $0.17 dividend. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.85%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, September 29th. AmTrust Financial Services’s payout ratio is currently 51.13%.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on AFSI shares. ValuEngine downgraded shares of AmTrust Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of AmTrust Financial Services from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 29th. TheStreet downgraded shares of AmTrust Financial Services from a “c” rating to a “d” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of AmTrust Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, JMP Securities started coverage on shares of AmTrust Financial Services in a report on Friday, July 7th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $18.00 price target on the stock. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $19.50.

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AmTrust Financial Services Company Profile

Amtrust Financial Services, Inc (AmTrust) is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides specialty property and casualty insurance focusing on workers’ compensation and commercial package coverage for small business, specialty risk and extended warranty coverage, and property and casualty coverage for middle market business.

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