News stories about HCI Group (NYSE:HCI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HCI Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.5401820770898 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Shares of HCI Group (NYSE HCI) traded up $0.18 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $33.03. The stock had a trading volume of 124,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 121,201. HCI Group has a fifty-two week low of $27.11 and a fifty-two week high of $50.93. The company has a quick ratio of 1.15, a current ratio of 0.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22.

HCI Group (NYSE:HCI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The insurance provider reported ($4.44) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($2.52) by ($1.92). The business had revenue of $44.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $66.46 million. HCI Group had a negative return on equity of 70.29% and a negative net margin of 84.53%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 30.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.10 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that HCI Group will post -0.4 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 17th will be paid a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.24%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 16th. HCI Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -74.07%.

Several analysts have commented on the company. ValuEngine downgraded HCI Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday. TheStreet downgraded HCI Group from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Sidoti raised HCI Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, September 11th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded HCI Group from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 8th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. HCI Group presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $43.33.

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In other HCI Group news, CEO Paresh Patel bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 20th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $36.06 per share, with a total value of $36,060.00. Following the purchase, the chief executive officer now owns 227,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,185,620. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Over the last three months, insiders have bought 1,565 shares of company stock valued at $56,894. Company insiders own 20.37% of the company’s stock.

HCI Group Company Profile

HCI Group, Inc (HCI) is an insurance holding company. The Company operates through four operating divisions: property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, investment real estate and information technology. Its operations include Insurance Operations and Other Operations. Its Insurance Operations include property and casualty insurance, and reinsurance.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for HCI Group (NYSE:HCI)

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