Shares of Aegon NV (NYSE:AEG) saw an uptick in trading volume on Wednesday . 2,436,546 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 58% from the previous session’s volume of 1,543,680 shares.The stock last traded at $4.19 and had previously closed at $4.17.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on AEG. TheStreet lowered Aegon NV from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Aegon NV from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 19th. Barclays PLC lowered Aegon NV from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Aegon NV from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 28th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered Aegon NV from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 17th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $6.07.

The stock’s market capitalization is $8.64 billion. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $3.96 and its 200 day moving average is $4.92.

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 22nd will be issued a dividend of $0.124 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 18th.

Several institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position 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. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position 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, Morgan Stanley raised its position 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.

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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