CNA Financial Corp. (NYSE:CNA) shares saw strong trading volume on Friday . 124,386 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 18% from the previous session’s volume of 151,912 shares.The stock last traded at $32.21 and had previously closed at $31.76.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut CNA Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 15th. TheStreet upgraded CNA Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 2nd.

The company has a market cap of $8.69 billion and a PE ratio of 27.95. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $31.36 and its 200 day moving average price is $31.67.

CNA Financial Corp. (NYSE:CNA) last issued its earnings results on Monday, May 2nd. The company reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.01. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.83 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that CNA Financial Corp. will post $2.66 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of institutional investors recently modified their holdings of CNA. Marshall Wace LLP bought a new position in shares of CNA Financial Corp. during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,187,000. Towle & Co. increased its position in shares of CNA Financial Corp. by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Towle & Co. now owns 373,948 shares of the company’s stock worth $13,144,000 after buying an additional 1,390 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of CNA Financial Corp. by 19.8% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 71,247 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,504,000 after buying an additional 11,762 shares during the last quarter. Pacifica Capital Investments LLC increased its position in shares of CNA Financial Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Pacifica Capital Investments LLC now owns 334,713 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,765,000 after buying an additional 910 shares during the last quarter. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in shares of CNA Financial Corp. by 6.4% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 92,040 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,235,000 after buying an additional 5,500 shares during the last quarter.

CNA Financial Corporation is an insurance holding company. The Company’s segments include Specialty, Commercial, International, Life & Group Non-Core, and Corporate & Other Non-Core. The Specialty segment provides an array of professional, financial, and specialty property and casualty products and services.

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