Aon plc Class A (AON) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Shows

Media headlines about Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aon plc Class A earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.9223178131211 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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Shares of NYSE AON traded up $1.76 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $143.78. 646,229 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,234,135. The stock has a market capitalization of $34,962.55, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.05, a PEG ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 1.03. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22, a current ratio of 1.66 and a quick ratio of 1.67. Aon plc Class A has a one year low of $118.16 and a one year high of $152.78.

Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The financial services provider reported $2.35 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.34 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $2.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.84 billion. Aon plc Class A had a return on equity of 32.41% and a net margin of 12.26%. The company’s revenue was up 9.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.56 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Aon plc Class A will post 7.98 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.40 per share. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.11%. This is a boost from Aon plc Class A’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.36. Aon plc Class A’s dividend payout ratio is presently 22.09%.

AON has been the topic of several analyst reports. Goldman Sachs raised Aon plc Class A from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price objective for the company from $144.22 to $149.00 in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Citigroup upped their price objective on Aon plc Class A from $157.00 to $162.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. TheStreet cut Aon plc Class A from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Barclays reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and issued a $138.00 price objective (up from $135.00) on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research report on Tuesday, February 20th. Finally, Wells Fargo reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $143.00 price objective on shares of Aon plc Class A in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $146.58.

In other news, insider Michael Neller sold 1,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $140.12, for a total transaction of $210,180.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Michael J. O’connor sold 1,411 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $140.23, for a total value of $197,864.53. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 133,515 shares in the company, valued at $18,722,808.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 123,477 shares of company stock worth $17,453,753 over the last three months. Insiders own 0.90% of the company’s stock.

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Aon plc Class A Company Profile

Aon plc (Aon) is a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing, delivering distinctive client value via risk management and workforce productivity solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Risk Solutions and Human Resource (HR) Solutions.

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