How Have Insiders Been Trading The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (HIG) Stock?

The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE:HIG) saw a downside of -0.55% to close Monday at $72.61 after subtracting -$0.4 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,832,780 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $73.98 in the past week. An average of 2,269,835 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,975,854.

HIG’s 1-month performance is 5.32% or $3.67 on its low of $67.28 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $36.62 and high of $73.98, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 10/07/21. YTD, HIG has achieved 48.24% or $23.63. However, the current price is down -1.85%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Oct 04, 8 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (HIG). Robinson David C (EVP and General Counsel) most recently sold 5,469 shares at $70.85 per share on Oct 04. This transaction cost the insider $387,479. EVP, Bennett Jonathan R, sold 22,406 shares at a price of $70.00 on Sep 01. Then, on Aug 16, Director Allardice Robert B. III sold 9,000 shares at a price of $67.61 per share. This transaction amounted to $608,517.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 230.77 and a low of 4.643. HIG stock has a beta of 1.08. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 1.17 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 1.43, with the price to cash flow ratio at 7.06.

The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share. Its dividend yield is 1.93% and the payout ratio is 22.60%. HIG’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Oct. 4, when it paid $0.35 a share compared with prior rate of $0.35, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.0250 reported on Monday February 8 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 38.30% yearly.

It is projected that The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 1-Dec. HIG is expected to distribute $0.35 as its next dividend.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.24, while the total debt to equity was 0.00 while for the period ending June 29; The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.’s operating margin was 13.20%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.12 billion against revenue of $20.52 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Analysts expected HIG to announce $1.34 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $2.33, representing a 73.90% surprise. HIG stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $4.41 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $347.19 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (HIG) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 64.71% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 19.89%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $72.44, reflecting a +3.48% or $2.44 change from its current price. HIG is currently trading +3.26% above its 20-day SMA, +10.13% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +14.13% and +50.42% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 78.88% and 84.58% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.57. The RSI (14) points at 63.63%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 75.58% with the period’s ATR at 1.52. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.98 and 1.64 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG), Wolfe Research launched coverage with a Peer perform rating. Analysts offering their rating for HIG stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate HIG as a “sell,”, while 3 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 3 rates the stock as overweight while 11 have offered a “buy” rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $68.00 and a high of $93.00, with their median price target at $78.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (HIG) stock is $77.64.


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