Media coverage about Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has been trending positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Accenture earned a media sentiment score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the information technology services provider an impact score of 45.1032785710568 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
- The Markets Are Undervaluing these stock’s – Oracle Corporation, NYSE: ORCL), Accenture plc, (NYSE: ACN) (dailynysenews.com)
- Top judges turn to Accenture to promote digital reform (ukauthority.com)
- Leveraging Opportunities in a Changing Retail Landscape: Q&A with Accenture (exchangewire.com)
- New Accenture Study Finds 87 Per Cent Of Focused Cyberattacks Are Prevented (informationsecuritybuzz.com)
- Accenture to Help Orkla Drive Digital Services and Growth Through SAP S/4HANA® (finance.yahoo.com)
ACN stock traded up $1.28 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $155.52. The company had a trading volume of 1,934,411 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,444,416. Accenture has a 52 week low of $116.00 and a 52 week high of $165.58. The company has a market capitalization of $96,193.80, a P/E ratio of 26.31, a PEG ratio of 2.26 and a beta of 1.04.
Several analysts have issued reports on the company. William Blair reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Accenture in a research note on Thursday, March 22nd. KeyCorp upped their target price on Accenture from $157.00 to $172.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Saturday, December 30th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $164.00 target price on shares of Accenture in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Barclays upped their target price on Accenture from $135.00 to $152.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $166.00 target price on shares of Accenture in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $161.80.
In related news, insider Jean-Marc Ollagnier sold 1,637 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $150.87, for a total transaction of $246,974.19. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 186,112 shares in the company, valued at $28,078,717.44. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, COO Johan Deblaere sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $150.72, for a total value of $753,600.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 73,638 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,098,719.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 107,450 shares of company stock valued at $16,465,847. 0.21% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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Accenture Company Profile
Accenture plc is a professional services company serving clients in various industries and in geographic regions, including North America, Europe and Growth Markets. The Company provides management and technology consulting services. Its segments include Communications, Media and Technology; Financial Services; Health and Public Service; Products, and Resources.
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