It may be riskier to trade before market opening and after market closing than during regular market hours. Since issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities due to lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for W. R. Berkley Corporation (WRB) shows that investor sentiment remained intact, with the stock’s consolidated last price rising by $0.08, or 0.11%, to $71.89. The W. R. Berkley Corporation has recorded 52,632 volume in the after hours trading session. Most recently, Yahoo Finance reported about the stock as it publicized that W. R. Berkley Corporation to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Earnings on January 26, 2023.
W. R. Berkley Corporation is listed on the NYSE in the Financial sector while operating in the Insurance – Property & Casualty industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $71.81 and fluctuated between $73.36 as its day high and $71.28 as its day low. The current market capitalization of W. R. Berkley Corporation is $18.98B. A total of 1.06 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.32M shares.
Insider trades are also considered as indicators of how a stock will perform in the future, in addition to stock predictions. During the recent three months, WRB has seen 0 BUY and 0 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 0 and the disposition of 0 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 20 BUYs and 6 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 276,495 shares during that period but sold 10,240.
In the most recent transaction, BROCKBANK MARK ELLWOOD bought 1,434 shares of WRB for 61.85 per share on Aug 01. After the transaction, the Director now owns 6,000 company shares. In a previous transaction on Jul 29, BROCKBANK MARK ELLWOOD bought 4,566 shares at 62.00 per share. WRB shares that Director owns now total 4,566.
The reasons why investors prefer dividend-paying companies are that dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate that the company will perform well in the future. W. R. Berkley Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.56%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 16.76. WRB’s most recent ex-dividend date was 1/12/2023 when it declared a $0.50 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 1/24/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 12/28/2022 with an ex-dividend date of 12/16/2022. The WRB stock dividend was $0.10 per share in cash.
Despite rarely being accurate, price targets can exert some form of influence at times, and are often regarded as valuable by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for WRB in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $81.20 with high estimates of $85.00 and low estimates of $75.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, WRB has a high of $76.46 and a low of $52.57.
As of this writing, WRB has an earnings estimate of $1.13 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 11 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.23 per share and a lower estimate of $1.02. The company reported an EPS of $1.12 in the last quarter, which was 30.20% higher than expectations of $0.86.
Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly
As well as showing the assets and liabilities of the company, the balance sheet also shows the amount invested in equity by investors. Investors can analyze a company’s future prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information.
After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. Currently, 13 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for WRB is Hold with a score of 4.14. A total of 8 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 1 rated it as Overweight while 3 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 1 thought it should be Sold.