News stories about FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) have been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. FBL Financial Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.44 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.9529316427186 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

Several research firms recently commented on FFG. Zacks Investment Research upgraded FBL Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded FBL Financial Group from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded FBL Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th.

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) traded down 6.56% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $69.75. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 65,247 shares. The company’s 50-day moving average is $66.21 and its 200 day moving average is $66.11. FBL Financial Group has a one year low of $59.75 and a one year high of $82.60. The company has a market cap of $1.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.13 and a beta of 0.88.

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.23 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.04 by $0.19. The firm had revenue of $189 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $181.63 million. FBL Financial Group had a return on equity of 9.12% and a net margin of 15.70%. FBL Financial Group’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.02 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that FBL Financial Group will post $4.45 EPS for the current year.

In other FBL Financial Group news, Director Scott Vanderwal sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.46, for a total value of $140,920.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 4,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $281,840. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.60% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About FBL Financial Group

FBL Financial Group, Inc sells individual life insurance and annuity products under the brand name of Farm Bureau Financial Services. The Company’s segments are Annuity Segment, which sells a variety of traditional annuity products; Life Insurance Segment, which sells a range of traditional and universal life insurance products, and Corporate and Other segment, which provides various support operations, corporate capital and other product lines.

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