Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Procter & Gamble (PG) Share Price

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News stories about Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Procter & Gamble earned a media sentiment score of 0.53 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Procter & Gamble’s score:

PG stock traded up $1.05 during trading on Friday, hitting $92.41. 10,713,479 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 13,474,850. The stock has a market capitalization of $230.14 billion, a PE ratio of 21.90, a P/E/G ratio of 2.99 and a beta of 0.37. Procter & Gamble has a 1 year low of $70.73 and a 1 year high of $93.14. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a current ratio of 0.80 and a quick ratio of 0.62.

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) last issued its earnings results on Friday, October 19th. The company reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $16.69 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $16.45 billion. Procter & Gamble had a return on equity of 21.20% and a net margin of 15.10%. Procter & Gamble’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.09 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Procter & Gamble will post 4.41 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 15th. Investors of record on Friday, October 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.7172 per share. This represents a $2.87 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.10%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 18th. Procter & Gamble’s dividend payout ratio is presently 68.01%.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $86.00 price objective on shares of Procter & Gamble in a report on Friday. TD Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Procter & Gamble in a report on Thursday. Bank of America upped their price objective on Procter & Gamble from $92.00 to $95.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday. ValuEngine upgraded Procter & Gamble from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Procter & Gamble from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 24th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $88.38.

In related news, Vice Chairman Jon R. Moeller sold 2,873 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.35, for a total transaction of $233,718.55. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 113,638 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,244,451.30. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO David S. Taylor sold 63,113 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.68, for a total value of $5,786,199.84. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 226,393 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $20,755,710.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 153,302 shares of company stock valued at $13,438,363 over the last 90 days. 1.84% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Procter & Gamble

The Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Greater China, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in five segments: Beauty; Grooming; health Care; fabric & Home Care; and Baby, Feminine & Family Care.

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