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Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL) EVP Carl S. Thigpen sold 27,353 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.36, for a total value of $1,897,204.08. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 51,654 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,582,721. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, 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 equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Protective Life Corp. has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $61.80.

Shares of Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL) opened at 69.22 on Monday. Protective Life Corp. has a 1-year low of $41.26 and a 1-year high of $69.88. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $69.42 and a 200-day moving average of $58.0. The company has a market cap of $5.459 billion and a P/E ratio of 13.90. Protective Life Corp. also was the recipient of 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 short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 907,875 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 0.6 days.

Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL) last announced its earnings results 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 in the previous 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 1.39%. 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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