Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) President Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.78, for a total value of $321,612.50. Following the sale, the president now directly owns 103,983 shares in the company, valued at $4,864,324.74. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.
Kean Driscoll also recently made the following trade(s):
- On Friday, December 15th, Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of Validus stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.16, for a total value of $317,350.00.
- On Wednesday, November 15th, Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of Validus stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total value of $345,812.50.
Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) traded up $0.46 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $47.28. The company had a trading volume of 446,655 shares, compared to its average volume of 728,156. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,760.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -72.74, a PEG ratio of 1.25 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a quick ratio of 0.95, a current ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. Validus Holdings, Ltd. has a fifty-two week low of $41.15 and a fifty-two week high of $58.76.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.21%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. Validus’s payout ratio is -233.85%.
Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Validus during the second quarter valued at about $116,000. Zions Bancorporation acquired a new stake in shares of Validus during the third quarter valued at about $116,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its stake in shares of Validus by 10.1% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 2,382 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $124,000 after purchasing an additional 219 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its stake in shares of Validus by 93.7% during the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 2,650 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $138,000 after purchasing an additional 1,282 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its stake in shares of Validus by 10.6% during the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,905 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $151,000 after purchasing an additional 278 shares in the last quarter. 96.25% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
Several analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Validus from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday. Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $50.00 price objective on shares of Validus in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised Validus from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. UBS Group raised their price objective on Validus from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Bank of America raised Validus from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $54.33.
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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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