Somewhat Negative News Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Prudential Public (PUK) Share Price

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Headlines about Prudential Public (NYSE:PUK) have trended somewhat negative this week, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Prudential Public earned a media sentiment score of -1.33 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of NYSE PUK opened at $41.24 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $52.63 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.03, a P/E/G ratio of 1.11 and a beta of 1.36. Prudential Public has a 52-week low of $33.31 and a 52-week high of $54.70.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on PUK. ValuEngine cut Prudential Public from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, January 7th. Societe Generale cut Prudential Public from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Prudential Public from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Prudential Public in a report on Wednesday. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $57.00.

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About Prudential Public

Prudential plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of retail financial products and services, and asset management services in Asia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Africa. The company offers health and protection, as well as other life insurance products, including participating business and mutual funds; and personal lines property and casualty insurance, group insurance, and institutional fund management services.

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