Campbell Soup (CPB) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Campbell Soup earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.0396864843471 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

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Several brokerages have recently commented on CPB. ValuEngine downgraded Campbell Soup from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Campbell Soup from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday. Piper Jaffray set a $43.00 target price on Campbell Soup and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Credit Suisse Group restated an “underperform” rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of Campbell Soup in a research note on Monday. Finally, Goldman Sachs restated a “sell” rating and issued a $43.00 target price on shares of Campbell Soup in a research note on Friday, April 13th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Campbell Soup currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $48.00.

CPB stock traded down $0.69 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $41.84. 3,064,494 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,901,380. The company has a market capitalization of $12,868.99, a P/E ratio of 13.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.45 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.15, a quick ratio of 0.35 and a current ratio of 0.64. Campbell Soup has a fifty-two week low of $40.99 and a fifty-two week high of $59.14.

Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 16th. The company reported $1.00 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.81 by $0.19. The business had revenue of $2.18 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.16 billion. Campbell Soup had a return on equity of 54.10% and a net margin of 13.41%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up .4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.91 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Campbell Soup will post 3.1 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, April 11th will be paid a dividend of $0.35 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, April 10th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.35%. Campbell Soup’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 46.05%.

In related news, insider Luca Mignini purchased 4,400 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was acquired at an average price of $45.53 per share, for a total transaction of $200,332.00. Following the purchase, the insider now owns 87,814 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,998,171.42. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. 37.20% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Campbell Soup Company Profile

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets food and beverage products. It operates through three segments: Americas Simple Meals and Beverages; Global Biscuits and Snacks; and Campbell Fresh. The Americas Simple Meals and Beverages segment engages in the retail and food service of Campbell's condensed and ready-to-serve soups; Swanson broth and stocks; Prego pasta sauces; Pace Mexican sauces; Campbell's gravies, pastas, beans, and dinner sauces; Swanson canned poultry; Plum food and snacks; V8 juices and beverages; and Campbell's tomato juices.

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