The Stock Of The Week: Unum Group (UNM)

As of Wednesday close, Unum Group’s (NYSE:UNM) stock was down -$0.67, moving down -1.98 percent to $33.20. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 2,607,520 shares. 1 time new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a -$0.59 fall in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 2,141,595, while in the previous 50 days, it was 2,379,424.

Since last month, UNM stock retreated -2.90%. Shares of the company fell to $32.03 on 06/17/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $37.49 was reached on 06/06/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $22.25. Since the beginning of this year, UNM’s stock price has risen by 35.12% or $8.63, and marked a new high 27 times. However, the stock has declined by -11.44% since its 52-week high.

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Unum Group (UNM) last reported insider trading activity 43 days ago on May 11. Pyne Christopher W, the EVP, Group Benefits of the company, disposed of 7,149 shares for $35.13 on May 11. It resulted in a $251,165 divestment by the insider. McKenney Richard P sold 35,271 shares at an average price of $36.49 on May 10. The insider now owns 990,367 shares following the transaction. On May 09, SVP, Chief Accounting Officer Pashley Cherie sold 7,033 shares at $35.68 apiece. The transaction was valued at $250,945.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Unum Group (UNM) has a P/E ratio of about 7.34. The stock’s beta is 1.36. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 0.56, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 0.63, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 4.25 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.30 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.30. On Friday July 16 2021, a $0.0150 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending March 30 was 0.32. In the year ended March 30, operating margins totaled 11.40%.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 6.80%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 8.40%.

In Unum Group’s quarter-end financial report for March 30, it reported total debt of $3.44 billion. UNM’s revenue fell -3.0% to $2.98 billion during the quarter, while net income inched up to $2.98 billion. While analysts expected Unum Group to report $0.79 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $1.36 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 72.20%. The value of shareholders’ equity is $201.09 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Unum Group’s (UNM) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 33.96%, the RSI 9-day stood at 38.16% on 22 June.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Unum Group price is down by -1.75% percent or -$0.59. At present, UNM shares trade -5.63% below its 20-day simple moving average and +31.12% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +3.01% above its SMA50 and +25.71% above its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 21.61% and Stochastic coefficient D was 16.33%, while ATR was 1.16. Given the Stochastic reading of 21.43% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 42.25%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -0.59, while the 14-day reading stands at -1.65.

Analyst Ratings

Citigroup launched its rating on Unum Group (NYSE: UNM) to a Neutral in a note to investors on May 24, 2022. Unum Group (UNM) has been rated Hold by analysts. According to 1 brokerage firm, UNM is a sell, and 9 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 0 analysts rate Unum Group stock as buy, with 2 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $35.50, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $33.00 – $44.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Unum Group (UNM) will achieve an average price target of $36.42.


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