CNO Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CNO) stock jumped 2.18% on Thursday to $23.88 against a previous-day closing price of $23.37. With 0.55 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 0.6 million shares. During the session, the Insurance – Life company that operates in wider Financial sector, reached to the highest price of $23.93 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $23.71. The 52-week range on CNO shows that it touched its highest point at $26.35 and its lowest point at $17.48 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $25.40. With its current market cap of 2.70 billion, CNO has annualized dividend of $0.60 while the current yield stands at 2.51%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.16.
Price Performance and Earnings:
Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of CNO was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 3.15%, but this was up by 0.17% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 2.01% while six-month performance rose 12.59%. The stock gained 27.22% in the past year, while it has gained 4.51% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for CNO yields 1.91 with Next year EPS estimates of 3.01. For the next quarter, that number is 0.75. This implies an EPS growth rate of 0.20% for this year and 15.05% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 10.00% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 10.80%.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 114.27 million CNO shares are outstanding with a float of 110.70 million shares on hand for trading. On Aug 30, 2023, short shares totaled 2.44 million, which was 2.16% higher than short shares on Jul 30, 2023. In addition to Mr. Gary Chandru Bhojwani as the firm’s CEO & Director, Mr. Paul Harrington McDonough serves as its CFO & Exec. VP.
Through their ownership of 97.82% of CNO’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 61.89% of CNO, in contrast to 6.03% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 33.59%. As the largest shareholder in CNO with 12.21% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 13,984,348 shares worth 13,984,348. A second-largest stockholder of CNO, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 13,090,239 shares, controlling over 11.43% of the firm’s shares. Pzena Investment Management LLC is the third largest shareholder in CNO, holding 7,286,510 shares or 6.36% stake. With a 4.91% stake in CNO, the Undiscovered Managers Behavioral is the largest stakeholder. A total of 5,623,106 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The iShares Core S&P Mid Cap ETF, which owns about 3.21% of CNO stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 3,677,350 shares valued at 94.58 million. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF holds 2.96% of the stake in CNO, owning 3,389,347 shares worth 87.17 million.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for CNO since 0 analysts follow the stock currently. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With CNO analysts setting a high price target of $29.00 and a low target of $24.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $25.67. Based on these targets, CNO could surge 21.44% to reach the target high and rise by 0.5% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 7.5% from current levels.
EPS: Estimates vs Actual
It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded CNO stock several times over the past three months with 0 Buys and 6 Sells. In these transactions, 0 shares were bought while 3,764 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 47 while that of sell transactions has risen to 57 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 2,012,911 while 667,825 shares were sold.