Shares of Markel Co. (NYSE:MKL) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $1,050.00.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on MKL. Deutsche Bank began coverage on shares of Markel in a research note on Thursday, May 23rd. They set a “hold” rating and a $1,000.00 target price for the company. SunTrust Banks lifted their target price on shares of Markel to $1,100.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 2nd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Ultrapar Participacoes from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. TheStreet downgraded shares of Trade Desk from a “b-” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Investors Real Estate Trust Reit from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 23rd.

Shares of MKL stock traded down $5.11 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $1,090.20. 33,900 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 46,500. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $1,090.80. The stock has a market cap of $15.23 billion, a PE ratio of 53.10 and a beta of 0.80. Markel has a 12 month low of $950.16 and a 12 month high of $1,228.32. The company has a current ratio of 0.55, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31.

Markel (NYSE:MKL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 30th. The insurance provider reported $9.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $9.41 by ($0.17). Markel had a net margin of 6.73% and a return on equity of 8.76%. The business had revenue of $1.86 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.87 billion. Equities analysts forecast that Markel will post 37.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Markel news, Vice Chairman Steven A. Markel sold 100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $1,011.30, for a total value of $101,130.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 100,625 shares in the company, valued at $101,762,062.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Vice Chairman Anthony F. Markel sold 43 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $1,060.66, for a total transaction of $45,608.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 1,243 shares of company stock valued at $1,358,341 in the last three months. 2.34% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of MKL. Advisory Alpha LLC acquired a new stake in Markel in the first quarter worth $28,000. MCF Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Markel by 52.0% in the first quarter. MCF Advisors LLC now owns 38 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $38,000 after purchasing an additional 13 shares during the period. Lindbrook Capital LLC grew its holdings in Markel by 45.5% in the first quarter. Lindbrook Capital LLC now owns 64 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $63,000 after purchasing an additional 20 shares during the period. NEXT Financial Group Inc grew its holdings in Markel by 40.4% in the second quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 66 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $72,000 after purchasing an additional 19 shares during the period. Finally, Covington Capital Management acquired a new stake in Markel in the fourth quarter worth $83,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 75.87% of the company’s stock.

About Markel

Markel Corporation, a diverse financial holding company, markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. Its Insurance segment offers general and professional liability, property, personal lines, marine and energy, specialty programs, and workers' compensation insurance products.

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