Rational Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in Markel Co. (NYSE:MKL) by 14.1% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 566 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after buying an additional 70 shares during the period. Rational Advisors LLC’s holdings in Markel were worth $647,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Teacher Retirement System of Texas grew its position in shares of Markel by 30.7% during the 4th quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 1,361 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $1,556,000 after buying an additional 320 shares during the period. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. increased its position in shares of Markel by 2,485.4% in the 4th quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 6,567 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $7,507,000 after buying an additional 6,313 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its stake in Markel by 0.6% during the 4th quarter. State Street Corp now owns 356,541 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $407,587,000 after buying an additional 2,232 shares during the period. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. raised its stake in Markel by 12.0% during the 4th quarter. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. now owns 1,245 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $1,423,000 after buying an additional 133 shares during the period. Finally, Community Bank N.A. bought a new position in Markel during the fourth quarter worth about $114,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 75.66% of the company’s stock.

MKL traded up $3.27 during trading on Friday, reaching $1,323.00. The company had a trading volume of 1,059 shares, compared to its average volume of 38,070. The company has a market cap of $17.88 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.26 and a beta of 0.73. Markel Co. has a 12 month low of $950.16 and a 12 month high of $1,321.41. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 0.60 and a quick ratio of 0.60. The business’s fifty day moving average price is $1,190.88 and its 200 day moving average price is $1,155.70.

Markel (NYSE:MKL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 4th. The insurance provider reported $36.26 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $7.07 by $29.19. Markel had a net margin of 18.81% and a return on equity of 5.61%. The company had revenue of $2.05 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.07 billion. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Markel Co. will post 39.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several brokerages have issued reports on MKL. ValuEngine downgraded Markel from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday. Royal Bank of Canada raised Markel from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price target for the stock from $1,250.00 to $1,325.00 in a research report on Thursday, December 5th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $1,136.50.

In other Markel news, Vice Chairman Steven A. Markel sold 249 shares of Markel stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $1,125.00, for a total value of $280,125.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 89,383 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $100,555,875. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Vice Chairman Steven A. Markel sold 250 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $1,125.00, for a total value of $281,250.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 89,633 shares in the company, valued at $100,837,125. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 1,650 shares of company stock valued at $1,871,099. Company insiders own 2.34% of the company’s stock.

Markel Company Profile

Markel Corporation, a diverse financial holding company, markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. Its Insurance segment offers general and professional liability, property, personal lines, marine and energy, specialty programs, and workers' compensation insurance products.

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