Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN) shares reached a new 52-week high during trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $36.73 and last traded at $36.00, with a volume of 54,493 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $36.55.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Horace Mann Educators Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 15th.

The firm has a market cap of $1.46 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.10. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $35.36 and a 200 day moving average price of $33.09.

Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.08. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.36 EPS. The firm earned $283.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $273.80 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that Horace Mann Educators Corp. will post $1.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 15th will be paid a $0.265 dividend. This represents a $1.06 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.92%.

In other news, CFO Dwayne D. Hallman sold 8,220 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.29, for a total value of $298,303.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

Horace Mann Educators Corporation (HMEC) is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, HMEC markets and underwrites personal lines of property and casualty (primarily personal lines automobile and homeowners) insurance, retirement annuities (primarily tax-qualified products) and life insurance in the United States.

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