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Research analysts at Barclays started coverage on shares of Principal Financial Group (NYSE:PFG) in a report released on Thursday. The firm set an “equal weight” rating on the stock.

Shares of Principal Financial Group (NYSE:PFG) opened at 54.36 on Thursday. Principal Financial Group has a one year low of $40.29 and a one year high of $54.45. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $51.45 and its 200-day moving average is $47.96. The company has a market cap of $15.977 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.11.

Principal Financial Group (NYSE:PFG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 24th. The company reported $1.08 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $2.54 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.51 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.97 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 10.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Principal Financial Group will post $4.26 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, September 26th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 8th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.50%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 4th. This is a positive change from Principal Financial Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32.

In other Principal Financial Group news, Insider Daniel Joseph Houston sold 20,575 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.00, for a total value of $1,111,050.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of other analysts have also recently weighed in on PFG. Analysts at Deutsche Bank reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Principal Financial Group in a research note on Tuesday, July 29th. They now have a $57.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $56.00. Separately, analysts at Credit Suisse set a $54.00 price target on shares of Principal Financial Group in a research note on Friday, July 25th. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Sterne Agee reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Principal Financial Group in a research note on Thursday, July 17th. They now have a $56.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $55.00. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $52.55.

Principal Financial Group, Inc (NYSE:PFG) is a provider of retirement savings, investment and insurance products and services.

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