Markel Corporation (MKL) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Press coverage about Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Markel Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 66 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Markel Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 27th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Markel Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. ValuEngine raised shares of Markel Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, Boenning Scattergood set a $1,050.00 target price on shares of Markel Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $1,000.00.

Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) traded up 2.78% on Friday, hitting $1061.56. 31,424 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company has a 50-day moving average of $986.56 and a 200-day moving average of $965.08. Markel Corporation has a 12 month low of $811.05 and a 12 month high of $1,068.18. The stock has a market cap of $14.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.18 and a beta of 1.01.

Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The insurance provider reported $9.94 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $6.27 by $3.67. Markel Corporation had a net margin of 6.47% and a return on equity of 4.11%. The firm had revenue of $1.46 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.46 billion. On average, equities analysts predict that Markel Corporation will post $25.09 EPS for the current year.

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About Markel Corporation

Markel Corporation is a financial holding company serving a range of markets. The Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. It monitors and reports its ongoing underwriting operations in three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company, through its subsidiary Markel Ventures, Inc (Markel Ventures), owns interests in various industrial and service businesses that operate outside of the specialty insurance marketplace.

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