News headlines about Arthur J Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Arthur J Gallagher & Co earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.7592150775153 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co (AJG) traded down $0.35 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $63.28. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 487,087 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,244,147. The company has a current ratio of 1.08, a quick ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66. The company has a market capitalization of $11,440.96, a PE ratio of 25.31, a PEG ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 1.23. Arthur J Gallagher & Co has a twelve month low of $51.63 and a twelve month high of $67.32.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.81 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $1.58 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.60 billion. Arthur J Gallagher & Co had a return on equity of 13.56% and a net margin of 7.62%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.77 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Arthur J Gallagher & Co will post 2.99 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.47%. Arthur J Gallagher & Co’s dividend payout ratio is presently 62.40%.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. ValuEngine cut Arthur J Gallagher & Co from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $64.00 target price on shares of Arthur J Gallagher & Co in a report on Friday, December 8th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $74.00 target price on Arthur J Gallagher & Co and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised Arthur J Gallagher & Co from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $77.00 target price on shares of Arthur J Gallagher & Co in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $68.11.

In other news, VP Scott R. Hudson sold 7,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.29, for a total transaction of $496,204.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 25,027 shares in the company, valued at $1,634,012.83. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Frank E. Jr. English sold 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.67, for a total value of $95,505.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 10,600 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $674,902. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.60% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Arthur J Gallagher & Co

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co and its subsidiaries are engaged in providing insurance brokerage and consulting services, and third-party claims settlement and administration services to both domestic and international entities. The Company operates through three segments: brokerage, risk management and corporate.

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