Shares of Prudential Financial Inc. (NYSE:PRU) were up 3.2% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $75.50 and last traded at $75.44, with a volume of 1,287,215 shares. The stock had previously closed at $73.10.

Several analysts have weighed in on PRU shares. FBR & Co upped their price objective on shares of Prudential Financial from $80.00 to $86.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 16th. Sandler O’Neill reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Prudential Financial in a research note on Friday, April 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Prudential Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $89.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, April 25th. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $102.00 price target (down from $104.00) on shares of Prudential Financial in a research note on Friday, March 18th. Finally, Vetr raised shares of Prudential Financial from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $87.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $88.47.

The company has a 50 day moving average price of $73.42 and a 200 day moving average price of $72.82. The company has a market cap of $33.20 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.01.

Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $2.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.37 by $0.19. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $2.79 earnings per share. The company had revenue of $11.93 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $11.19 billion. The company’s revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Prudential Financial Inc. will post $9.51 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 16th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, May 24th were issued a dividend of $0.70 per share. This represents a $2.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.73%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, May 20th.

Other large investors have bought and sold shares of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Prudential Financial by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 27,101,483 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,206,331,000 after buying an additional 882,148 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in Prudential Financial by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 9,270,281 shares of the company’s stock worth $754,693,000 after buying an additional 303,380 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Prudential Financial by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,819,112 shares of the company’s stock worth $229,515,000 after buying an additional 28,394 shares during the last quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC raised its stake in Prudential Financial by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 1,379,063 shares of the company’s stock worth $112,270,000 after buying an additional 7,539 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. raised its stake in Prudential Financial by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 715,881 shares of the company’s stock worth $58,824,000 after buying an additional 2,932 shares during the last quarter.

Prudential Financial, Inc is a financial services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides a range of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities and investment management. The Company’s divisions include U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management Division; U.S.

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