Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) Share Price

News headlines about Aon plc Class A (NYSE:AON) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aon plc Class A earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2180274759746 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

AON has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Aon plc Class A from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $135.00 target price on shares of Aon plc Class A in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $158.00 target price on shares of Aon plc Class A in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. Citigroup upped their target price on Aon plc Class A from $157.00 to $162.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, William Blair cut Aon plc Class A from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Aon plc Class A currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $147.00.

Shares of Aon plc Class A (AON) opened at $145.96 on Wednesday. Aon plc Class A has a 52-week low of $116.05 and a 52-week high of $152.78. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22, a current ratio of 1.66 and a quick ratio of 1.67. The company has a market capitalization of $36,018.67, a PE ratio of 22.37, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 1.03.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 1st were given a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, January 31st. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.99%. Aon plc Class A’s payout ratio is 30.84%.

In related news, EVP Peter M. Lieb sold 4,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $141.39, for a total transaction of $593,838.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Michael J. O’connor sold 12,824 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.00, for a total value of $1,859,480.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 126,629 shares in the company, valued at $18,361,205. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 123,477 shares of company stock worth $17,453,753. 0.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Aon plc Class A

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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