Aegon NV (NYSE:AEG) gapped up before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $3.91, but opened at $3.95. Aegon NV shares last traded at $4.01, with a volume of 721,371 shares traded.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. TheStreet raised shares of Aegon NV from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Aegon NV from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Morgan Stanley lowered shares of Aegon NV from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Barclays PLC lowered shares of Aegon NV from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of Aegon NV from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $6.07.

The company’s 50-day moving average price is $4.13 and its 200-day moving average price is $5.08. The firm’s market cap is $8.46 billion.

Several large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in Aegon NV by 9.3% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 2,383,024 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,512,000 after buying an additional 203,580 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its stake in Aegon NV by 13.4% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,836,617 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,413,000 after buying an additional 216,353 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Aegon NV by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 597,782 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,389,000 after buying an additional 2,328 shares during the last quarter.

AEGON NV is a life insurance, pensions and asset management company based in the Netherlands. The Company’s products range from life, critical illness and disability insurance, to pensions, annuities, long-term savings and investments. It also offers mortgages, and car, household and travel insurance in some markets.

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