Barclays (BCS) Receives Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 0.11

News coverage about Barclays (NYSE:BCS) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Barclays earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.048537048154 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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Several equities research analysts have issued reports on BCS shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Barclays from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. JPMorgan Chase reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Barclays in a research report on Monday, March 19th. Morgan Stanley cut shares of Barclays from an “overweight” rating to an “equal” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine raised shares of Barclays from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods cut shares of Barclays from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.00.

Barclays stock traded up $0.05 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $12.27. The company had a trading volume of 2,240,458 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,830,730. The stock has a market cap of $52,001.82, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.78, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.36 and a beta of 0.81. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.10, a current ratio of 1.27 and a quick ratio of 1.27. Barclays has a 1 year low of $9.29 and a 1 year high of $12.55.

Barclays (NYSE:BCS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 22nd. The financial services provider reported $0.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.13 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $6.67 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $6.57 billion. Barclays had a negative net margin of 8.62% and a positive return on equity of 3.71%. research analysts expect that Barclays will post 1.18 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a special dividend, which was paid on Thursday, April 5th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 2nd were given a $0.1115 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 1st. Barclays’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.51%.

In other news, major shareholder Plc Barclays sold 4,019 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.07, for a total value of $44,490.33. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders sold a total of 29,630 shares of company stock valued at $301,017 in the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 0.02% of the company’s stock.

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About Barclays

Barclays PLC, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services in the United Kingdom, other European countries, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The company operates through Barclays UK and Barclays International divisions. It offers personal and business banking services; credit and debit cards; international banking; and private banking services, which include investment, wealth planning, and credit and specialist solutions to high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients, and family offices.

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