White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM) Brief Interest Update

White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM – Get Rating) was the target of a surge in short-term interest during the month of February. As of February 15, there was short interest totaling 37,500 shares, an increase of 30.7% from the total of 28,700 shares as of January 31. Approximately 1.3% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume of 16,700 shares, the short-term interest rate ratio is currently 2.2 days.

A number of equity research analysts have weighed in on WTM shares. StockNews.com upgraded shares of White Mountains Insurance Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a Monday, Feb. 21 research note. TheStreet downgraded shares of White Mountains Insurance Group from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a Tuesday, November 23 research note.

A number of institutional investors have recently shifted their WTM holdings. Strategic Asset Management LLC bought a new position in White Mountains Insurance Group in Q3 worth $31,000. Quent Capital LLC bought a new stock position in White Mountains Insurance Group during Q4, valued at around $42,000. First Horizon Advisors Inc. increased its holdings of White Mountains Insurance Group shares by 4,054.2% during the 3rd quarter. First Horizon Advisors Inc. now owns 997 shares of the insurance provider valued at $59,000 after buying 973 additional shares in the last quarter. Ensign Peak Advisors Inc bought a new position in shares of White Mountains Insurance Group during Q4, valued at approximately $81,000. Finally, Johnson Financial Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of White Mountains Insurance Group during Q4 valued at approximately $84,000. 95.48% of the shares are held by institutional investors.

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NYSE: WTM opened at $1,056.57 on Monday. The company has a debt ratio of 0.19, a current ratio of 0.81 and a quick ratio of 0.81. The company has a market capitalization of $3.17 billion, a price-earnings ratio of 18.29 and a beta of 0.50. White Mountains Insurance Group has a one-year minimum of $978.51 and a one-year maximum of $1,243.00. The company has a fifty-day moving average price of $1,035.12 and a 200-day moving average price of $1,059.78.

White Mountains Insurance Group (NYSE:WTM – Get Rating) last released quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 7. The insurance provider reported EPS of $10.87 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.95 by $9.92. White Mountains Insurance Group recorded a negative return on equity of 7.73% and a net margin of 49.54%.

The company also recently announced an annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 23. Investors of record on Monday, March 14 will receive a dividend of $1.00. This represents a yield of 0.1%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 11. White Mountains Insurance Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 1.73%.

About White Mountains Insurance Group (Get a rating)

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. engages in the acquisition of businesses and assets in the insurance, financial services and related industries. It operates through the following segments: HG Global/BAM, NSM, Kudu and Other Operations. The HG Global/BAM segment refers to White Mountains’ investment in HG Global Limited and the consolidated results of Build America Mutual Assurance Company (BAM).

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