NYSE:WRB - W. R. Berkley Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$75.11 +0.21 (+0.28 %)
(As of 12/12/2018 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$74.90
Today's Range$74.85 - $76.10
52-Week Range$67.12 - $80.68
Volume327,300 shs
Average Volume385,786 shs
Market Capitalization$9.25 billion
P/E Ratio30.53
Dividend Yield0.80%
W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as a commercial lines writer in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Insurance and Reinsurance. The Insurance segment underwrites commercial insurance business, including premises operations, commercial automobile, property, products liability, and professional liability lines. It also provides workers' compensation, property casualty, general liability, and excess and umbrella coverage insurance products, as well as coverages for technology, ambulatory surgery centers, chiropractors, and concierge physicians; accident and health insurance and reinsurance products; insurance for commercial risks; pollution liability and protective coverages to contractors and owners; and liquor liability and inland marine coverage for small to medium-sized insureds. In addition, this segment offers aviation insurance products; directors and officers, and surety risk products, as well as products for life sciences and travel industries; coverage for excess liability, construction wrap-ups, and completed operations; cyber risk solutions; casualty, group life, and crime-related insurance products; personal lines insurance solutions, including home, condo/co-op, and collectibles; automobile, law enforcement, public officials and educator's legal, and employment practices liability, as well as incidental medical insurance products; and at-risk and alternative risk insurance program management services. The Reinsurance segment provides other insurance companies and self-insureds with assistance in managing their net risk through reinsurance on a portfolio basis through treaty reinsurance or on an individual basis through facultative reinsurance. W. R. Berkley Corporation was founded in 1967 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Fire, marine, & casualty insurance
Sub-IndustryProperty & Casualty Insurance
Current SymbolNYSE:WRB
Previous Symbol


Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.49
Current Ratio0.36
Quick Ratio0.36


Trailing P/E Ratio30.53
Forward P/E Ratio19.02
P/E Growth2.13

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$7.68 billion
Price / Sales1.19
Cash Flow$3.4951 per share
Price / Cash Flow21.49
Book Value$44.76 per share
Price / Book1.68


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$2.46
Net Income$549.09 million
Net Margins8.64%
Return on Equity9.03%
Return on Assets2.01%


Outstanding Shares122,120,000
Market Cap$9.25 billion

W. R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB) Frequently Asked Questions

What is W. R. Berkley's stock symbol?

W. R. Berkley trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "WRB."

How often does W. R. Berkley pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for W. R. Berkley?

W. R. Berkley announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, November 12th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.15 per share on Wednesday, December 12th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.80%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 27th. View W. R. Berkley's Dividend History.

How will W. R. Berkley's stock buyback program work?

W. R. Berkley declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share buyback plan on Wednesday, August 9th 2017, which authorizes the company to buyback 10,000,000 shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization authorizes the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are typically a sign that the company's board believes its stock is undervalued.

How were W. R. Berkley's earnings last quarter?

W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October, 23rd. The insurance provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.28. The insurance provider had revenue of $1.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.60 billion. W. R. Berkley had a net margin of 8.64% and a return on equity of 9.03%. W. R. Berkley's revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.26 EPS. View W. R. Berkley's Earnings History.

When is W. R. Berkley's next earnings date?

W. R. Berkley is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, January 29th 2019. View Earnings Estimates for W. R. Berkley.

What price target have analysts set for WRB?

5 brokers have issued 1-year price objectives for W. R. Berkley's stock. Their forecasts range from $74.00 to $78.00. On average, they anticipate W. R. Berkley's stock price to reach $75.3333 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 0.3% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for W. R. Berkley.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for W. R. Berkley?

5 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for W. R. Berkley in the last year. There are currently 2 sell ratings and 3 hold ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for W. R. Berkley.

What are Wall Street analysts saying about W. R. Berkley stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about W. R. Berkley stock:
  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Exposures to highly competitive reinsurance market, rising debt inducing higher interest expenses and cat loss are a woe for W.R. Berkley. A Zacks Rank #4 and Earnings ESP of 1.66% makes surprise prediction difficult as it reports results on Oct 23. But it has been investing in numerous startups since 2006 as well as establishing new units, enabling it to take advantage of an improved market scenario. Launch of Berkley Healthcare It seems a prudent step by the insurer to tap the growing healthcare market, which currently representing 18% of U.S. GDP. Establishing operating units in North and Southeast Asia is also in line with the strategy while divestment of wholly owned investment is likely to drive shareholder value. Its international business has potential for long-term earnings growth. A disciplined stance and a solid capital position are other tailwinds. Shares of W.R. Berkley have outperformed the industry year to date." (10/13/2018)
  • 2. Boenning Scattergood analysts commented, "We think the company is an excellent core holding for long-term investors and is well positioned to take advantage of any improvement in market conditions. We believe Berkley benefits from the recent corporate tax reform both by increasing potential profitability as well as leveling the playing field with offshore competitors. However, the company’s P/B valuation is modestly high relative to its historical average, so we don’t see much potential for the shares to outperform in the near-term. As such, we believe the shares are fully valued and maintain our Neutral rating." (1/31/2018)

Has W. R. Berkley been receiving favorable news coverage?

News headlines about WRB stock have been trending somewhat negative on Wednesday, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. W. R. Berkley earned a news impact score of -1.0 on InfoTrie's scale. They also assigned news articles about the insurance provider a news buzz of 0.0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock's share price in the near term.

Who are some of W. R. Berkley's key competitors?

Who are W. R. Berkley's key executives?

W. R. Berkley's management team includes the folowing people:
  • Mr. William Robert Berkley, Exec. Chairman (Age 73)
  • Mr. William Robert Berkley Jr., Pres, CEO & Director (Age 45)
  • Mr. Richard Mark Baio, Sr. VP, CFO & Treasurer (Age 49)
  • Mr. James Gerald Shiel, Exec. VP of Investments (Age 58)
  • Mr. Ira Seth Lederman, Exec. VP & Sec. (Age 64)

Who are W. R. Berkley's major shareholders?

W. R. Berkley's stock is owned by a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include BlackRock Inc. (8.80%), Vanguard Group Inc. (7.56%), Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C (6.45%), First Eagle Investment Management LLC (5.50%), Janus Henderson Group PLC (3.12%) and Victory Capital Management Inc. (2.81%). View Institutional Ownership Trends for W. R. Berkley.

Which institutional investors are selling W. R. Berkley stock?

WRB stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Victory Capital Management Inc., TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC, WINTON GROUP Ltd, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp, Deutsche Bank AG, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company , Retirement Systems of Alabama and PNC Financial Services Group Inc.. View Insider Buying and Selling for W. R. Berkley.

Which institutional investors are buying W. R. Berkley stock?

WRB stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C, Janus Henderson Group PLC, BlackRock Inc., Scout Investments Inc., Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC, Carillon Tower Advisers Inc., Vanguard Group Inc. and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board. View Insider Buying and Selling for W. R. Berkley.

How do I buy shares of W. R. Berkley?

Shares of WRB can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is W. R. Berkley's stock price today?

One share of WRB stock can currently be purchased for approximately $75.11.

How big of a company is W. R. Berkley?

W. R. Berkley has a market capitalization of $9.25 billion and generates $7.68 billion in revenue each year. The insurance provider earns $549.09 million in net income (profit) each year or $2.46 on an earnings per share basis. W. R. Berkley employs 7,222 workers across the globe.

What is W. R. Berkley's official website?

The official website for W. R. Berkley is http://www.wrberkley.com.

How can I contact W. R. Berkley?

W. R. Berkley's mailing address is 475 STEAMBOAT ROAD, GREENWICH CT, 06830. The insurance provider can be reached via phone at 203-629-3000 or via email at [email protected]

MarketBeat Community Rating for W. R. Berkley (NYSE WRB)

Community Ranking:  1.6 out of 5 (star)
Outperform Votes:  180 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  396 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  576
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about W. R. Berkley and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe WRB will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe WRB will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 12/12/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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