Media coverage about United Fire & Casualty (NASDAQ:UFCS) has been trending somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news 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. United Fire & Casualty earned a coverage optimism score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 44.9849363886062 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

UFCS has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. BidaskClub downgraded shares of United Fire & Casualty from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Sandler O’Neill reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $53.00 target price on shares of United Fire & Casualty in a report on Friday, April 6th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of United Fire & Casualty from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Sidoti upgraded shares of United Fire & Casualty from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th.

Shares of United Fire & Casualty stock opened at $49.67 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,225.95, a price-to-earnings ratio of 55.93 and a beta of 0.48. United Fire & Casualty has a one year low of $38.95 and a one year high of $49.85.

United Fire & Casualty (NASDAQ:UFCS) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The insurance provider reported $0.89 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.41. The business had revenue of $272.70 million during the quarter. United Fire & Casualty had a net margin of 4.58% and a return on equity of 2.42%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.46 earnings per share.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 22nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 7th were issued a dividend of $0.28 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, March 6th. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.25%.

In other news, VP Barrie W. Ernst sold 7,114 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.43, for a total transaction of $337,417.02. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP David E. Conner sold 4,485 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.11, for a total transaction of $202,318.35. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 14,382 shares in the company, valued at approximately $648,772.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 6.24% of the company’s stock.

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About United Fire & Casualty

United Fire Group, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides insurance protection for individuals and businesses in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Property and Casualty Insurance, and Life Insurance. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment offers commercial and personal lines of property and casualty insurance, as well as assumed reinsurance products.

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