Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) shares hit a new 52-week low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $31.43 and last traded at $31.98, with a volume of 171063 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $33.61.

A number of brokerages recently commented on UNM. Zacks Investment Research raised Unum Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, October 12th. TheStreet cut Unum Group from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $53.08.

The company has a market capitalization of $7.09 billion, a PE ratio of 7.52, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.69 and a beta of 1.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a current ratio of 0.18 and a quick ratio of 0.18.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The financial services provider reported $1.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.29 by $0.08. Unum Group had a return on equity of 12.06% and a net margin of 4.68%. The company had revenue of $2.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.89 billion. On average, sell-side analysts anticipate that Unum Group will post 5.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 29th were paid a $0.26 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, October 26th. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.22%. Unum Group’s payout ratio is 24.24%.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UNM. Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. acquired a new stake in shares of Unum Group in the third quarter valued at $117,000. Signaturefd LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Unum Group by 95.1% in the second quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 3,313 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $123,000 after buying an additional 1,615 shares during the period. Focused Wealth Management Inc lifted its holdings in shares of Unum Group by 12,500.0% in the second quarter. Focused Wealth Management Inc now owns 3,528 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $131,000 after buying an additional 3,500 shares during the period. Tuttle Tactical Management acquired a new stake in shares of Unum Group in the second quarter valued at $166,000. Finally, Csenge Advisory Group acquired a new stake in shares of Unum Group in the third quarter valued at $180,000. 90.38% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Unum Group Company Profile (NYSE:UNM)

Unum Group, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection benefit solutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It operates through Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, and Closed Block segments. The company offers group long-term and short-term disability, group life, and accidental death and dismemberment products; supplemental and voluntary products, such as individual disability, voluntary benefits, and dental and vision products; and accident, sickness, disability, life, and cancer and critical illness products.

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