Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) stock has achieved $158.22 in the past week

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG) saw an upside of 0.81% to close Monday at $156.92 after adding $1.26 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,032,280 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $158.22 in the past week. An average of 1,106,870 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,057,186.

AJG’s 1-month performance is 8.91% or $12.84 on its low of $142.53 reached on 09/13/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $101.95 and high of $156.09, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 10/11/21. YTD, AJG has achieved 26.85% or $33.21. However, the current price is up 0.53%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Sep 16, 26 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG). CARY RICHARD C (Controller, CAO) most recently sold 4,583 shares at $150.32 per share on Sep 16. This transaction cost the insider $688,917. VICE PRESIDENT, Ziebell William F, sold 13,200 shares at a price of $144.71 on Jun 15. Then, on Jun 15, Vice President Hudson Scott R sold 9,500 shares at a price of $143.93 per share. This transaction amounted to $1,367,335.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 35.17 and a low of 16.44. AJG stock has a beta of 0.65. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 4.18 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 3.80, with the price to cash flow ratio at 27.51.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share. Its dividend yield is 1.22% and the payout ratio is 40.10%. AJG’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 17, when it paid $0.48 a share compared with prior rate of $0.48, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 9 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.03 reported on Wednesday January 27 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 15.38% yearly.

It is projected that Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s next ex-dividend date will be on J. AJG is expected to distribute $Co.’ as its next dividend.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.30, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.30 meaning that AJG stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.69, while the total debt to equity was 0.73. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 36.40%. while for the period ending June 29; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s operating margin was 15.30%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.65 billion against revenue of $7.0 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected AJG to announce $1.14 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.17, representing a 2.60% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $423.7 million. AJG stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 19.46 billion, with total debt at $6.39 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $206.75 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 68.50% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 24.63%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $154.14, reflecting a +5.15% or $7.68 change from its current price. AJG is currently trading +8.65% above its 20-day SMA, +7.93% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +12.64% and +27.54% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 89.12% and 86.15% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 3.02. The RSI (14) points at 65.79%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 86.50% with the period’s ATR at 2.88. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 2.90 and 3.07 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG), Wells Fargo reiterated its an Overweight rating for the company but lifted their price target by $170 to $172. Analysts offering their rating for AJG stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate AJG as a “sell,”, while 4 advise that investors “Hold.” 1 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 2 rates the stock as overweight while 7 have offered a “buy” rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $143.00 and a high of $180.00, with their median price target at $160.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG) stock is $160.18.


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