Prudential PLC (NYSE:PUK) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Friday . 838,938 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 3% from the previous session’s volume of 815,770 shares.The stock last traded at $35.42 and had previously closed at $35.97.

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Societe Generale downgraded shares of Prudential PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Prudential PLC from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Prudential PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, Bank of America Corp. set a $42.40 price objective on shares of Prudential PLC and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $45.95.

The stock has a market capitalization of $45.57 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.00. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $35.43 and its 200-day moving average is $36.74.

The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 6th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 26th will be issued a $0.335 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 24th.

Prudential PLC (Prudential) is an international financial services group with operations in Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company provides insurance and financial services directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates across the world. Its operating segments include Insurance operations and Asset management operations.

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