Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Marsh & McLennan Companies earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.5236902712204 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

MMC has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. BidaskClub cut Marsh & McLennan Companies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price target on shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies in a report on Friday, June 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised Marsh & McLennan Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $88.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Barclays PLC boosted their price target on Marsh & McLennan Companies from $84.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, July 3rd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Marsh & McLennan Companies presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $81.56.

Shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE MMC) traded up 0.39% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $81.77. The company had a trading volume of 1,444,244 shares. The company has a 50 day moving average of $78.64 and a 200 day moving average of $76.59. The company has a market capitalization of $41.91 billion, a PE ratio of 22.59 and a beta of 0.98. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a one year low of $62.33 and a one year high of $82.86.

Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $1.00 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.00. Marsh & McLennan Companies had a return on equity of 28.56% and a net margin of 13.97%. The business had revenue of $3.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.55 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.91 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.5% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Marsh & McLennan Companies will post $3.80 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 10th will be given a dividend of $0.375 per share. This represents a $1.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.83%. Marsh & McLennan Companies’s payout ratio is 41.44%.

In other Marsh & McLennan Companies news, SVP E Scott Gilbert sold 30,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.31, for a total transaction of $2,319,300.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 68,427 shares in the company, valued at $5,290,091.37. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.46% of the company’s stock.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies Company Profile

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc is a professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people. The Company is the parent company of various risk advisors and specialty consultants, including Marsh, the insurance broker; Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of human resource and investment related financial advice and services, and Oliver Wyman Group, the management and economic consultancy.

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