Unum Group (UNM): Keep paying attention to its insider activity

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) saw an upside of 0.58% to close Monday at $26.00 after adding $0.15 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 3,572,440 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $26.49 in the past week. An average of 5,550,085 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 3,453,780.

UNM’s 1-month performance is -1.92% or -$0.41 on its low of $23.30 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $15.93 and high of $31.98, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 06/02/21. YTD, UNM has achieved 13.34% or $3.06. However, the current price is down -18.70%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Sep 02, 33 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Unum Group (UNM). IGLESIAS LISA G (EVP, General Counsel) most recently sold 20,000 shares at $26.50 per share on Sep 02. This transaction cost the insider $530,000. EVP, Group Benefits, Pyne Christopher W, sold 2,500 shares at a price of $30.24 on May 14. Then, on May 14, President and CEO McKenney Richard P sold 35,000 shares at a price of $30.46 per share. This transaction amounted to $1,066,188.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 16.69 and a low of 1.981. UNM stock has a beta of 1.68. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 0.39 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 0.49.

Unum Group pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share. Its dividend yield is 4.62% and the payout ratio is 33.10%. UNM’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Aug. 20, when it paid $0.30 a share compared with prior rate of $0.2850, up 5.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.0150 reported on Friday July 16 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 32.56% yearly.

It is projected that Unum Group’s next ex-dividend date will be on 29-Oct. UNM is expected to distribute $0.30 as its next dividend.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.31, while the total debt to equity was 0.00 while for the period ending June 29; Unum Group’s operating margin was 8.00%.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Analysts expected UNM to announce $1.12 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.39, representing a 24.10% surprise. UNM stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $3.44 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $204.39 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Unum Group (UNM) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 04 October was 61.59% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 24.80%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $25.35, reflecting a +2.69% or $0.68 change from its current price. UNM is currently trading -1.55% above its 20-day SMA, -10.41% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -5.56% and +16.75% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 73.43% and 61.96% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.79. The RSI (14) points at 54.98%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 84.66% with the period’s ATR at 0.79. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.73 and 0.81 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Unum Group (NYSE: UNM), Evercore ISI upgraded it to an In-line rating. They previously had an Underperform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for UNM stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 1 brokerage advisors rate UNM as a “sell,”, while 10 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 1 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is UNM’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $21.00 and a high of $34.00, with their median price target at $31.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Unum Group (UNM) stock is $29.40.


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