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

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$78.85 +0.61 (+0.78 %)
(As of 09/21/2018 04:42 AM ET)
Previous Close$78.24
Today's Range$78.13 - $78.92
52-Week Range$65.08 - $80.68
Volume321,300 shs
Average Volume358,587 shs
Market Capitalization$9.62 billion
P/E Ratio32.05
Dividend Yield0.76%
W. R. Berkley logoW. 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


Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.49
Current Ratio0.37
Quick Ratio0.37


Trailing P/E Ratio32.05
Forward P/E Ratio21.25
P/E Growth2.36

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$7.68 billion
Price / Sales1.25
Cash Flow$3.5185 per share
Price / Cash22.41
Book Value$44.76 per share
Price / Book1.76


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$2.46
Net Income$549.09 million
Net Margins8.54%
Return on Equity7.25%
Return on Assets1.62%


Outstanding Shares121,810,000
Market Cap$9.62 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 Thursday, August 9th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, September 19th will be paid a dividend of $0.15 per share on Wednesday, October 3rd. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.76%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, September 18th. View W. R. Berkley's Dividend History.

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

W. R. Berkley announced that its board has approved a stock buyback plan on Wednesday, August 9th 2017, which allows the company to repurchase 10,000,000 outstanding shares, according to EventVestor. This repurchase authorization allows the company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are generally 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 earnings results on Tuesday, July, 24th. The insurance provider reported $0.97 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $0.82 by $0.15. The insurance provider had revenue of $1.58 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.58 billion. W. R. Berkley had a return on equity of 7.25% and a net margin of 8.54%. The business's revenue for the quarter was up .8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.85 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, October, 23rd 2018. View Earnings Estimates for W. R. Berkley.

What price target have analysts set for WRB?

8 analysts have issued 12-month target prices for W. R. Berkley's shares. Their forecasts range from $66.00 to $78.00. On average, they anticipate W. R. Berkley's share price to reach $71.1667 in the next twelve months. This suggests that the stock has a possible downside of 9.7%. View Analyst Price Targets for W. R. Berkley.

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

8 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for W. R. Berkley in the last year. There are currently 3 sell ratings and 5 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, "Shares of W.R. Berkley have underperformed the industry in a year’s time. Exposures to highly competitive reinsurance market and cat loss are concerns. Increasing debt inducing higher interest expenses weigh on desired margin expansion. Nonetheless, W.R. Berkley has been investing in a number of startups since 2006 as well as establishing new units, enabling it to take advantage of an improved market scenario. Establishing operating units in North and Southeast Asia is 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. It is also successfully increasing rate over a considerable time. Reserving discipline and a strong capital position are other positives." (6/30/2018)
  • 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)

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)

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

Headlines about WRB stock have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. W. R. Berkley earned a media and rumor sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern's scale. They also assigned news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.57 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company's share price in the near term. View Recent Headlines for W. R. Berkley.

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

W. R. Berkley's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include BlackRock Inc. (8.60%), Victory Capital Management Inc. (3.20%), Boston Partners (2.93%), Janus Henderson Group PLC (2.75%), Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (1.27%) and Bank of New York Mellon Corp (0.98%). View Institutional Ownership Trends for W. R. Berkley.

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

WRB stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Nuance Investments LLC, Russell Investments Group Ltd., Madison Investment Holdings Inc., Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, Renaissance Technologies LLC, TD Asset Management Inc., BlackRock Inc. and First Trust Advisors LP. View Insider Buying and Selling for W. R. Berkley.

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

WRB stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Janus Henderson Group PLC, Millennium Management LLC, Bank of America Corp DE, BTIM Corp., Andra AP fonden, Scout Investments Inc., Victory Capital Management Inc. and California Public Employees Retirement System. 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 $78.85.

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

W. R. Berkley has a market capitalization of $9.62 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.

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:  1.5 out of 5 (star half star)
Outperform Votes:  168 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  376 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  544
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 9/21/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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