Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) had its target price reduced by equities researchers at UBS AG from $57.00 to $50.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, www.benzinga.com reports. The firm presently has a “neutral” rating on the insurance provider’s stock. UBS AG’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 8.13% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Validus Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. ValuEngine upgraded Validus Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. BidaskClub upgraded Validus Holdings from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 14th. Buckingham Research started coverage on Validus Holdings in a research report on Monday, September 11th. They set a “buy” rating and a $52.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $55.00 price objective on Validus Holdings and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $56.29.

Validus Holdings (VR) opened at 46.24 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $3.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.75 and a beta of 0.65. Validus Holdings has a 52-week low of $41.15 and a 52-week high of $58.76. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $50.75 and its 200 day moving average price is $53.31.

Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The insurance provider reported $1.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.99 by $0.10. Validus Holdings had a return on equity of 7.75% and a net margin of 11.81%. The business had revenue of $675.27 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $922.84 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.66 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Validus Holdings will post $3.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. IFP Advisors Inc raised its holdings in shares of Validus Holdings by 14.0% in the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 2,154 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 265 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Validus Holdings in the second quarter worth approximately $116,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its holdings in shares of Validus Holdings by 10.1% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 2,382 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $124,000 after buying an additional 219 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its holdings in shares of Validus Holdings by 93.7% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 2,650 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $138,000 after buying an additional 1,282 shares during the period. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its holdings in shares of Validus Holdings by 10.6% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,905 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $151,000 after buying an additional 278 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.51% of the company’s stock.

About Validus Holdings

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183.

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