News articles about Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE:HIG) have trended positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hartford Financial Services Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.5316955273979 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE:HIG) traded up $0.09 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $56.05. 2,521,401 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,978,036. The firm has a market capitalization of $19,990.00, a PE ratio of 42.79, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.35 and a beta of 0.99. Hartford Financial Services Group has a 52-week low of $46.35 and a 52-week high of $58.61. The company has a current ratio of 0.40, a quick ratio of 0.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28.

Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE:HIG) last issued its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The insurance provider reported $0.60 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $4.68 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.68 billion. Hartford Financial Services Group had a net margin of 2.63% and a return on equity of 8.21%. The firm’s revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.06 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Hartford Financial Services Group will post 3.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a $0.25 dividend. This is a boost from Hartford Financial Services Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.23. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.78%. Hartford Financial Services Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 76.34%.

HIG has been the topic of several research reports. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on shares of Hartford Financial Services Group in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $59.00 price target on the stock. UBS Group increased their price target on shares of Hartford Financial Services Group from $58.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $55.00 price target on shares of Hartford Financial Services Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Hartford Financial Services Group in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Barclays increased their price target on shares of Hartford Financial Services Group from $61.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, October 16th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $58.92.

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Hartford Financial Services Group Company Profile

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc is a holding company for insurance and financial services subsidiaries. The Company’s segments include Commercial Lines, which provides workers’ compensation, property, automobile, marine, livestock, liability and umbrella coverages primarily throughout the United States; Personal Lines, which provides automobile, homeowners and personal umbrella coverages to individuals across the United States; Group Benefits, which provides group life, accident and disability coverage, and other products and services; Property & Casualty Other Operations, which includes certain property and casualty operations; Mutual Funds, which provides investment management, administration, product distribution and related services to investors; Talcott Resolution, which consists of the run-off of the Company’s the United States individual and institutional annuity, and Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) businesses, and Corporate.

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