Media stories about Mercury General (NYSE:MCY) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Mercury General earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.2387014546385 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Mercury General (NYSE:MCY) opened at $52.13 on Friday. Mercury General has a twelve month low of $51.68 and a twelve month high of $64.52. The company has a current ratio of 0.46, a quick ratio of 0.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,880.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.12, a PEG ratio of 0.75 and a beta of 0.51.

Mercury General (NYSE:MCY) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The insurance provider reported $0.60 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by $0.18. Mercury General had a return on equity of 6.47% and a net margin of 3.00%. The business had revenue of $827.42 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $835.00 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.67 earnings per share. Mercury General’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Mercury General will post 1.88 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 14th were given a dividend of $0.625 per share. This is a boost from Mercury General’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.62. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 13th. This represents a $2.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.80%. Mercury General’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 139.66%.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on MCY. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Mercury General from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. TheStreet downgraded Mercury General from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th.

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Mercury General Company Profile

Mercury General Corporation is an insurance holding company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company and its subsidiaries were engaged in writing personal automobile insurance through 14 insurance subsidiaries in 11 states, principally California. Its segments include Property and Casualty Lines, and Other Lines.

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