Prudential PLC (NYSE:PUK)’s share price gapped up prior to trading on Friday . The stock had previously closed at $34.12, but opened at $34.59. Prudential PLC shares last traded at $35.40, with a volume of 441,878 shares trading hands.

Several equities analysts recently commented on PUK shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Prudential PLC from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 5th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Prudential PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, Societe Generale lowered Prudential PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $49.50.

The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $34.40 and a 200-day moving average price of $36.93. The company has a market cap of $45.24 billion and a PE ratio of 13.32.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Prudential PLC stock. Eaton Vance Management raised its stake in shares of Prudential PLC (NYSE:PUK) by 43.4% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 383,475 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 115,996 shares during the period. Eaton Vance Management’s holdings in Prudential PLC were worth $17,287,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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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