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Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL) CEO John D. Johns sold 201,398 shares of Protective Life Corp. stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.24, for a total transaction of $13,944,797.52. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 327,268 shares in the company, valued at approximately $22,660,036. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on PL shares. Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Protective Life Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, July 1st. They now have a $70.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $49.00. Separately, analysts at Barclays downgraded shares of Protective Life Corp. from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 5th. Finally, analysts at Credit Suisse reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Protective Life Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, June 4th. They now have a $70.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $53.00. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Protective Life Corp. currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $61.80.

Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL) traded down 0.09% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $69.20. 791,563 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Protective Life Corp. has a one year low of $41.26 and a one year high of $69.88. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $69.43 and a 200-day moving average of $57.86. The company has a market cap of $5.457 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.91. Protective Life Corp. also saw a significant drop in short interest in July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 572,012 shares, a drop of 45.2% from the July 15th total of 1,044,338 shares. Currently, 0.7% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 907,875 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 0.6 days.

Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL) last released its earnings data on Monday, August 4th. The company reported $1.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.20 by $0.11. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.96 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Protective Life Corp. will post $4.96 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2nd. Investors of record on Monday, August 18th will be paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 14th.

Protective Life Corporation is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, provides financial services through the production, distribution, and administration of insurance and investment products.

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