L - Loews Corporation

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.66 (-1.20%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT

54.14 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 6:08PM EDT

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Previous Close54.80
Bid54.20 x 900
Ask58.21 x 2200
Day's Range54.10 - 54.77
52 Week Range42.06 - 56.20
Avg. Volume1,127,162
Market Cap16.486B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.61
PE Ratio (TTM)23.13
EPS (TTM)2.34
Earnings DateAug 5, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield0.25 (0.46%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-05-28
1y Target Est55.00
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    Loews Corp NYSE:LView full report here! Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is neutral * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for L with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting L. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. The net inflows of $4.32 billion over the last one-month into ETFs that hold L are not among the highest of the last year and have been slowing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Financials sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. Credit worthinessCredit default swap | NeutralThe current level displays a neutral indicator. Although L credit default swap spreads are decreasing, they remain near their highest levels of the last 3 years, which indicates the market's more negative perception of the company's credit worthiness.Please send all inquiries related to the report to score@ihsmarkit.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.

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