Aegon NV (NYSE:AEG) gapped up before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $3.87, but opened at $3.97. Aegon NV shares last traded at $4.08, with a volume of 1,798,896 shares trading hands.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on AEG shares. Morgan Stanley cut Aegon NV from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 17th. TheStreet lowered Aegon NV from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Aegon NV from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 28th. Barclays PLC lowered Aegon NV from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Aegon NV from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 19th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Aegon NV currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $6.07.

The firm has a 50-day moving average of $4.00 and a 200 day moving average of $4.83. The stock’s market cap is $8.39 billion.

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

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Aegon NV stock. Morgan Stanley boosted its stake in Aegon NV (NYSE:AEG) by 9.3% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 2,383,024 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 203,580 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley owned about 0.11% of Aegon NV worth $13,512,000 at the end of the most recent 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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