Headlines about Primerica (NYSE:PRI) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Primerica earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2808609063978 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. BidaskClub cut Primerica from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $87.00 target price on shares of Primerica in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised Primerica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $96.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, SunTrust Banks cut Primerica from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $90.50.

Shares of Primerica (NYSE PRI) traded up $1.50 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $103.15. The company had a trading volume of 769,937 shares, compared to its average volume of 303,489. Primerica has a 52 week low of $68.60 and a 52 week high of $106.40. The company has a market capitalization of $4,592.95, a PE ratio of 20.27, a P/E/G ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 1.24.

Primerica (NYSE:PRI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The financial services provider reported $1.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.37 by $0.09. Primerica had a return on equity of 18.94% and a net margin of 14.55%. The company had revenue of $427.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $425.83 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.22 earnings per share. Primerica’s revenue was up 11.4% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Primerica will post 5.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, November 17th will be paid a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 16th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.78%. Primerica’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 15.56%.

In related news, VP Gregory C. Pitts sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $92.40, for a total value of $462,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. 0.86% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Primerica Company Profile

Primerica Inc (Primerica) is a distributor of financial products to middle-income households in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through three segments: Term Life Insurance, Investment and Savings Products, and Corporate and Other Distributed Products. The Term Life Insurance segment includes underwriting profits on its in-force book of term life insurance policies, net of reinsurance, which are underwritten by its life insurance company subsidiaries.

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