Media coverage about Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Torchmark Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.5961548337392 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Torchmark Corporation (TMK) traded down 0.37% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $78.16. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 358,671 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $9.09 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.81 and a beta of 0.98. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $77.94 and a 200 day moving average of $76.68. Torchmark Corporation has a 1-year low of $61.39 and a 1-year high of $79.90.

Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The insurance provider reported $1.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.17 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $1.03 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.03 billion. Torchmark Corporation had a return on equity of 11.55% and a net margin of 13.96%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.11 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Torchmark Corporation will post $4.75 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, August 1st. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 5th were paid a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.77%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, June 30th. Torchmark Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 12.88%.

TMK has been the subject of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Torchmark Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $87.00 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, June 19th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $75.00 target price on shares of Torchmark Corporation in a research note on Friday, April 21st. ValuEngine raised shares of Torchmark Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Torchmark Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $73.33.

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In other Torchmark Corporation news, Director Lloyd W. Newton acquired 2,500 shares of Torchmark Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $75.28 per share, with a total value of $188,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Robert W. Ingram sold 1,827 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.66, for a total value of $143,711.82. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 120,077 shares of company stock valued at $9,418,934. Company insiders own 3.79% of the company’s stock.

Torchmark Corporation Company Profile

Torchmark Corporation (Torchmark) is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of life and health insurance products and annuities to a base of customers. The Company’s segments include life insurance, health insurance, annuities and investment. The life insurance segment includes traditional and interest-sensitive whole life insurance as well as term life insurance.

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