CNA Financial (NYSE:CNA) Downgraded to Hold at StockNews.com

StockNews.com lowered shares of CNA Financial (NYSE:CNAGet Rating) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning.

CNA Financial Stock Performance

Shares of CNA opened at $42.53 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $42.07 and its 200 day simple moving average is $41.05. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.52 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.70, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 0.26 and a current ratio of 0.26. CNA Financial has a 52-week low of $35.90 and a 52-week high of $50.33.

CNA Financial (NYSE:CNAGet Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 31st. The insurance provider reported $0.78 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.61 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $2.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.63 billion. CNA Financial had a return on equity of 10.08% and a net margin of 7.71%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.87 EPS. Research analysts forecast that CNA Financial will post 3.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.

CNA Financial Announces Dividend

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 1st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 15th were paid a $0.40 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, November 14th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.76%. CNA Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 47.76%.

Insiders Place Their Bets

In other CNA Financial news, EVP Douglas Worman sold 21,048 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.96, for a total value of $883,174.08. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 98,286 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,124,080.56. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 0.24% of the company’s stock.

Hedge Funds Weigh In On CNA Financial

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. bought a new position in CNA Financial in the 4th quarter worth about $2,933,000. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in shares of CNA Financial by 3.9% during the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 881,416 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $32,524,000 after purchasing an additional 32,972 shares during the last quarter. Baird Financial Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of CNA Financial by 0.9% during the 3rd quarter. Baird Financial Group Inc. now owns 60,140 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $2,219,000 after buying an additional 515 shares in the last quarter. Jane Street Group LLC bought a new stake in CNA Financial in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $3,464,000. Finally, BNP Paribas Arbitrage SNC lifted its position in CNA Financial by 79.4% in the 3rd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SNC now owns 13,186 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $487,000 after buying an additional 5,837 shares during the last quarter. 98.35% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

CNA Financial Company Profile

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CNA Financial Corporation provides commercial property and casualty insurance products primarily in the United States. It operates through Specialty, Commercial, International, Life & Group, and Corporate & Other segments. The company offers professional liability coverages and risk management services to various professional firms, including architects, real estate agents, and accounting and law firms; directors and officers, employment practices, fiduciary, and fidelity coverages to small and mid-size firms, public and privately held firms, and not-for-profit organizations; professional and general liability, as well as associated standard property and casualty coverages for healthcare industry; surety and fidelity bonds; and warranty and alternative risks products.

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