Press coverage about AEGON (NYSE:AEG) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AEGON earned a news impact score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.5017907908373 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

AEG has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine lowered shares of AEGON from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of AEGON from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $7.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein initiated coverage on shares of AEGON in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $4.60 price objective for the company. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. AEGON currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $5.93.

AEGON (NYSE AEG) traded up $0.09 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $6.88. 2,129,832 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,058,289. The company has a market cap of $14,400.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.88 and a beta of 1.42. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a quick ratio of 0.10 and a current ratio of 0.10. AEGON has a 1-year low of $4.73 and a 1-year high of $6.91.

AEGON announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, September 28th that authorizes the company to repurchase 51,860,000 shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the financial services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

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Aegon N.V. (Aegon) is an international life insurance, pensions and asset management company. The Company’s segments include the Americas, which includes the United States, Mexico and Brazil; the Netherlands; the United Kingdom; Central & Eastern Europe; Spain & Portugal; Asia, and Aegon Asset Management.

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