News stories about Donegal Group (NASDAQ:DGICA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. 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. Donegal Group earned a news impact score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.8445350876924 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

DGICA has been the subject of several research reports. BidaskClub cut Donegal Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Donegal Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $20.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded Donegal Group from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $20.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Boenning Scattergood upgraded Donegal Group from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $19.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, TheStreet upgraded Donegal Group from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $19.67.

Shares of Donegal Group (NASDAQ:DGICA) traded up $0.02 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $17.71. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 50,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 34,780. Donegal Group has a twelve month low of $14.51 and a twelve month high of $18.25. The stock has a market cap of $485.24, a PE ratio of 31.07 and a beta of 0.30. The company has a quick ratio of 0.42, a current ratio of 0.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.16.

Donegal Group (NASDAQ:DGICA) last issued its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The insurance provider reported $0.25 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $185.72 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $187.60 million. Donegal Group had a return on equity of 2.81% and a net margin of 2.13%. analysts forecast that Donegal Group will post 0.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 1st will be given a $0.14 dividend. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.16%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 31st. Donegal Group’s payout ratio is 98.25%.

In related news, Director Jack Lee Hess purchased 2,000 shares of Donegal Group stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $16.78 per share, with a total value of $33,560.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 4,489 shares in the company, valued at approximately $75,325.42. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Patricia A. Gilmartin sold 5,333 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.17, for a total value of $91,567.61. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 13,562 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $232,859.54. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders bought 4,000 shares of company stock valued at $68,040. Corporate insiders own 11.90% of the company’s stock.

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Donegal Group Company Profile

Donegal Group Inc (DGI) is an insurance holding company whose insurance subsidiaries offer personal and commercial lines of property and casualty insurance. The Company offered its insurance business to various businesses and individuals in 21 Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, New England and Southern states, as of December 31, 2016.

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