Comcast (CMCSA) Receives Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.16

Headlines about Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Comcast earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the cable giant an impact score of 46.0696614609826 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) traded down $0.32 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $35.83. 46,606,268 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 26,683,639. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a current ratio of 0.74. Comcast has a twelve month low of $34.78 and a twelve month high of $44.00. The stock has a market cap of $167,060.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.06, a P/E/G ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 1.16.

Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The cable giant reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.02. Comcast had a net margin of 26.87% and a return on equity of 16.47%. The business had revenue of $21.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $21.83 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.89 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Comcast will post 2.52 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 25th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, April 4th will be paid a dividend of $0.19 per share. This is a positive change from Comcast’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.16. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.12%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, April 3rd. Comcast’s dividend payout ratio is presently 30.00%.

CMCSA has been the topic of several recent research reports. Scotiabank set a $52.00 price target on shares of Comcast and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 19th. Evercore ISI reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $48.00 price target (up from $44.00) on shares of Comcast in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Buckingham Research upped their price target on shares of Comcast from $48.00 to $50.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Pivotal Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $113.00 price target on shares of Comcast in a report on Wednesday, February 28th. Finally, TD Securities lowered shares of Comcast from an “action list buy” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the company from $42.60 to $51.00 in a report on Friday, January 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and twenty-three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $50.39.

In related news, CEO Brian L. Roberts sold 358,353 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.89, for a total transaction of $13,219,642.17. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 1,717,788 shares in the company, valued at approximately $63,369,199.32. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Arthur R. Block sold 3,937 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.62, for a total transaction of $159,920.94. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 65,946 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,678,726.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 1,381,228 shares of company stock worth $51,795,182. Corporate insiders own 1.28% of the company’s stock.

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Comcast Company Profile

Comcast Corporation is a media and technology company. The Company has two primary businesses: Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Its Comcast Cable business operates in the Cable Communications segment. Its NBCUniversal business operates in four business segments: Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks.

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