BofA/Merrill slashes price target on Unum Group [UNM] – find out why.

Unum Group [NYSE: UNM] slipped around -0.2 points on Monday, while shares priced at $18.45 at the close of the session, down -1.07%. The company report on October 17, 2020 that Unum Group declares quarterly dividend of $0.285 per share of its common stock.

Effective October 16, 2020, the Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.285 per share on its common stock to be paid on November 20, 2020, to stockholders of record on October 30, 2020.

ABOUT UNUM GROUPUnum Group provides a broad portfolio of financial protection benefits and services through the workplace, and is the leading provider of disability income protection worldwide. Through its Unum US, Unum UK, Unum Poland, and Colonial Life businesses, the company provides disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision benefits that protect millions of working people and their families. Unum also provides leave and absence management services that streamline the leave experience for employers and employees, and stop-loss coverage to help self-insured employers protect against medical costs. Unum reported revenues of $12 billion in 2019 and paid $7.5 billion in benefits.

Unum Group stock is now -36.73% down from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. UNM Stock saw the intraday high of $18.86 and lowest of $18.42 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 31.32, which means current price is +92.59% above from all time high which was touched on 02/06/20.

Compared to the average trading volume of 2.24M shares, UNM reached a trading volume of 1831299 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about Unum Group [UNM]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for UNM shares is $20.70 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on UNM stock is a recommendation set at 3.10. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

BofA/Merrill have made an estimate for Unum Group shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Underperform, with their previous recommendation back on June 01, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Credit Suisse dropped their target price from $19 to $18. The new note on the price target was released on March 11, 2020, representing the official price target for Unum Group stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $19, while Credit Suisse analysts kept a Underperform rating on UNM stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Unum Group is set at 0.68, with the Price to Sales ratio for UNM stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.32. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 0.36, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.81. Price to Free Cash Flow for UNM in the course of the last twelve months was 3.02.

How has UNM stock performed recently?

Unum Group [UNM] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -3.45. With this latest performance, UNM shares gained by 1.04% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 28.21% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -34.74% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for UNM stock in for the last two-week period is set at 53.22, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 52.51, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 52.29 for Unum Group [UNM]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 18.28, while it was recorded at 18.59 for the last single week of trading, and 19.03 for the last 200 days.

Unum Group [UNM]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Unum Group [UNM] shares currently have an operating margin of +13.22. Unum Group’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +9.17.

Return on Total Capital for UNM is now 12.69, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 8.96. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 11.84, with Return on Assets sitting at 1.81. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Unum Group [UNM] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 34.53. Additionally, UNM Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 25.67, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 5.41. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 30.26, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 22.49.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Unum Group [UNM] managed to generate an average of $106,825 per employee.

Earnings analysis for Unum Group [UNM]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Unum Group posted 1.36/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.37/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -0.70%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for UNM. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Unum Group go to 5.87%.

Insider trade positions for Unum Group [UNM]

There are presently around $3,443 million, or 96.80% of UNM stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of UNM stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 26,150,179, which is approximately -2.639% of the company’s market cap and around 0.90% of the total institutional ownership; FMR LLC, holding 18,283,812 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $340.99 million in UNM stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $330.01 million in UNM stock with ownership of nearly -3.028% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Unum Group stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 212 institutional holders increased their position in Unum Group [NYSE:UNM] by around 26,928,896 shares. Additionally, 225 investors decreased positions by around 25,174,929 shares, while 45 investors held positions by with 134,533,840 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 186,637,665 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. UNM stock had 63 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,947,166 shares, while 70 institutional investors sold positions of 3,436,677 shares during the same period.

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