Trade Report: Today, Unum Group (UNM) Stake Boosted by Aperio Group LLC

Today, Unum Group (UNM) Stake Boosted by Aperio Group LLC

Aperio Group LLC boosted its position in Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) by 4.8% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 207,392 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 9,431 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC owned about 0.09% of Unum Group worth $7,323,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Nordea Investment Management AB boosted its position in Unum Group by 6.1% in the third quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 1,348,482 shares of the company’s stock worth $47,615,000 after buying an additional 77,616 shares in the last quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. raised its stake in shares of Unum Group by 0.9% in the third quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 621,401 shares of the company’s stock worth $21,942,000 after buying an additional 5,823 shares during the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Unum Group by 3.6% in the third quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 7,423 shares of the company’s stock worth $262,000 after buying an additional 259 shares during the last quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. raised its stake in shares of Unum Group by 68.2% in the third quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 342,009 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,076,000 after buying an additional 138,700 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its stake in shares of Unum Group by 0.7% in the third quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 786,960 shares of the company’s stock worth $27,786,000 after buying an additional 5,224 shares during the last quarter. 94.12% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) traded down 0.35% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $42.89. 511,403 shares of the stock traded hands. The company’s 50-day moving average is $38.04 and its 200 day moving average is $35.15. The firm has a market cap of $9.96 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.25 and a beta of 1.50. Unum Group has a 12-month low of $23.99 and a 12-month high of $43.47.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $0.99 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.95 by $0.04. Unum Group had a return on equity of 10.24% and a net margin of 8.29%. The business earned $2.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.74 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.83 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Unum Group will post $3.89 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 18th. Investors of record on Monday, October 31st were paid a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 27th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.87%. Unum Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 20.94%.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Unum Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Credit Suisse Group AG assumed coverage on shares of Unum Group in a report on Friday, October 7th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $42.00 price objective for the company. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted their price objective on shares of Unum Group from $30.00 to $33.00 and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, September 23rd. Royal Bank Of Canada lifted their price objective on shares of Unum Group from $36.00 to $43.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 15th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of Unum Group from $35.00 to $36.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $37.71.

In other Unum Group news, EVP Christopher J. Jerome sold 8,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.49, for a total value of $331,920.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO John F. Mcgarry sold 12,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.44, for a total value of $497,280.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.62% of the company’s stock.

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