News stories about Aegon (NYSE:AEG) have trended positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aegon earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.658577875682 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of Aegon (NYSE AEG) traded up $0.01 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $6.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,166,604 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,139,659. The company has a market capitalization of $12,970.00, a P/E ratio of 7.11 and a beta of 1.41. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a quick ratio of 0.10 and a current ratio of 0.10. Aegon has a 1-year low of $4.73 and a 1-year high of $6.24.

Aegon announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share buyback program on Thursday, September 28th that allows the company to repurchase 51,860,000 shares. This repurchase authorization allows the financial services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of research firms recently commented on AEG. ValuEngine lowered Aegon from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Societe Generale lowered Aegon from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 13th. TheStreet raised Aegon from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised Aegon from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 21st. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein began coverage on Aegon in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $4.60 price objective on the stock. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $5.43.

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Aegon Company Profile

Aegon N.V. (Aegon) is an international life insurance, pensions and asset management company. The Company’s segments include the Americas, which includes the United States, Mexico and Brazil; the Netherlands; the United Kingdom; Central & Eastern Europe; Spain & Portugal; Asia, and Aegon Asset Management.

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