News stories about Arthur J Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG) have been trending positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Arthur J Gallagher & Co earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.564605103001 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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Shares of Arthur J Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG) opened at $64.94 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,658.91, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.63 and a beta of 1.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 1.05 and a quick ratio of 1.08. Arthur J Gallagher & Co has a one year low of $54.47 and a one year high of $70.55.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $1.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.48 billion. Arthur J Gallagher & Co had a return on equity of 13.95% and a net margin of 7.52%. The business’s revenue was up 15.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.66 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Arthur J Gallagher & Co will post 3.57 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 2nd will be paid a $0.41 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 1st. This is a positive change from Arthur J Gallagher & Co’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.53%. Arthur J Gallagher & Co’s payout ratio is presently 61.42%.

Several research analysts have weighed in on AJG shares. Wells Fargo & Co set a $74.00 price objective on Arthur J Gallagher & Co and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised Arthur J Gallagher & Co from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $77.00 price objective on shares of Arthur J Gallagher & Co in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 price objective on shares of Arthur J Gallagher & Co in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $64.00 price objective on shares of Arthur J Gallagher & Co in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Arthur J Gallagher & Co has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $71.44.

In other Arthur J Gallagher & Co news, VP Thomas Joseph Gallagher sold 11,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.80, for a total value of $802,700.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 176,305 shares in the company, valued at $12,306,089. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Scott R. Hudson sold 7,600 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.29, for a total value of $496,204.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 25,027 shares in the company, valued at $1,634,012.83. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 20,600 shares of company stock worth $1,404,129. Corporate insiders own 1.60% of the company’s stock.

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Arthur J Gallagher & Co Company Profile

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co and its subsidiaries are engaged in providing insurance brokerage and consulting services, and third-party claims settlement and administration services to both domestic and international entities. The Company operates through three segments: brokerage, risk management and corporate.

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