AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AmTrust Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.5843228545195 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) traded down $0.08 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $12.62. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,430,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,760,000. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. AmTrust Financial Services has a twelve month low of $8.80 and a twelve month high of $22.63. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,470.00, a P/E ratio of -39.44 and a beta of 1.34.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be given a $0.17 dividend. This represents a $0.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.39%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 29th. AmTrust Financial Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -212.50%.

AFSI has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut AmTrust Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. SunTrust Banks cut AmTrust Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. ValuEngine raised AmTrust Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. BidaskClub cut AmTrust Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 24th. Finally, Compass Point lowered AmTrust Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $15.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Monday, February 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.29.

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About AmTrust Financial Services

Amtrust Financial Services, Inc (AmTrust) is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides specialty property and casualty insurance focusing on workers’ compensation and commercial package coverage for small business, specialty risk and extended warranty coverage, and property and casualty coverage for middle market business.

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