Market cap of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG] reaches 28.77B – now what?

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [NYSE: AJG] loss -0.09% or -0.12 points to close at $140.30 with a heavy trading volume of 939709 shares. The company report on July 2, 2021 that Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Edelweiss Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced that it has purchased the remaining shares of Edelweiss Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited from Edelweiss Financial Services Limited, following a minority investment in 2019. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal is subject to approval by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India.

Headquartered in Mumbai, with branches in Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore, Edelweiss Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited is an insurance/reinsurance broker offering general insurance solutions to clients across India within four business lines – corporate, affinity & association, reinsurance & global, and digital solutions. Key industry niches include cement, retail, pharmaceuticals & life sciences, jewellery, financial services, property, construction and infrastructure.

It opened the trading session at $140.62, the shares rose to $140.62 and dropped to $139.72, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for AJG points out that the company has recorded 13.41% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -46.15% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 1.14M shares, AJG reached to a volume of 939709 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for AJG shares is $155.00 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on AJG stock is a recommendation set at 2.20. 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 Securities have made an estimate for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Underperform, with their previous recommendation back on May 21, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on March 19, 2021, representing the official price target for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $114 to $124, while RBC Capital Mkts kept a Sector Perform rating on AJG stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is set at 1.76, with the Price to Sales ratio for AJG stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.94. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 4.06, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.57. Price to Free Cash Flow for AJG in the course of the last twelve months was 19.49 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.10.

Trading performance analysis for AJG stock

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.13. With this latest performance, AJG shares dropped by -2.96% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 13.41% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 44.13% 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 AJG stock in for the last two-week period is set at 43.56, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 42.03, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 46.66 for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 143.74, while it was recorded at 140.54 for the last single week of trading, and 124.37 for the last 200 days.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG] shares currently have an operating margin of +15.16 and a Gross Margin at +78.93. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +11.95.

Return on Total Capital for AJG is now 9.69, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 8.15. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 14.44, with Return on Assets sitting at 3.90. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 80.09. Additionally, AJG Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 44.47, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 22.19. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 74.15, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 41.17.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG] managed to generate an average of $25,271 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 1.01 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.33.Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.10 and a Current Ratio set at 1.10.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

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 AJG. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. go to 12.46%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [AJG]

There are presently around $23,157 million, or 83.00% of AJG stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of AJG stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 22,430,783, which is approximately 6.478% of the company’s market cap and around 0.40% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 19,663,803 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.76 billion in AJG stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $1.26 billion in AJG stock with ownership of nearly 4.616% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 321 institutional holders increased their position in Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. [NYSE:AJG] by around 9,126,528 shares. Additionally, 320 investors decreased positions by around 6,816,149 shares, while 130 investors held positions by with 149,113,538 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 165,056,215 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AJG stock had 70 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,017,051 shares, while 56 institutional investors sold positions of 364,134 shares during the same period.

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