How Have Insiders Been Trading Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG) Stock?

Principal Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) saw a downside of -1.16% to close Monday at $68.12 after subtracting -$0.8 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,357,880 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $69.78 in the past week. An average of 1,231,365 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,057,374.

PFG’s 1-month performance is 5.01% or $3.25 on its low of $60.97 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $37.50 and high of $69.36, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 10/11/21. YTD, PFG has achieved 37.31% or $18.51. However, the current price is down -1.79%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On May 20, 145 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG). Tallett Elizabeth E (Retired Director) most recently sold 22,800 shares at $64.94 per share on May 20. This transaction cost the insider $1,480,632. EVP & Chief Financial Officer, STRABLE-SOETHOUT DEANNA D, sold 15,915 shares at a price of $65.07 on May 03. Then, on Feb 26, EVP & Chief Financial Officer STRABLE-SOETHOUT DEANNA D sold 3,496 shares at a price of $57.15 per share. This transaction amounted to $199,796.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 15.31 and a low of 4.881. PFG stock has a beta of 1.64. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 1.30 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 1.14, with the price to cash flow ratio at 8.61.

Principal Financial Group Inc. pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share. Its dividend yield is 3.70% and the payout ratio is 39.40%. PFG’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 24, when it paid $0.63 a share compared with prior rate of $0.61, up 3.17% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 2 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.02 reported on Wednesday July 28 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 19.79% yearly.

It is projected that Principal Financial Group Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 3-Dec. PFG is expected to distribute $0.63 as its next dividend.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.26, while the total debt to equity was 0.27 while for the period ending June 29; Principal Financial Group Inc.’s operating margin was 13.80%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $1.69 billion against revenue of $14.74 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected PFG to announce $1.51 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.7, representing a 12.60% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $432.6 million. PFG stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $4.4 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $268.39 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 62.90% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 20.64%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $67.77, reflecting a +4.61% or $3.00 change from its current price. PFG is currently trading +3.31% above its 20-day SMA, +4.67% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +9.64% and +40.34% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 87.55% and 91.66% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.67. The RSI (14) points at 59.78%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 77.90% with the period’s ATR at 1.63. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 1.74 and 2.43 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Principal Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PFG), Credit Suisse upgraded it to an Outperform rating. They previously had a Neutral rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for PFG stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate PFG as a “sell,”, while 9 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 2 have offered a “buy” rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $64.00 and a high of $82.00, with their median price target at $70.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG) stock is $70.70.


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