Supervalu (SVU) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media coverage about Supervalu (NYSE:SVU) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Supervalu earned a news sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.9985978862731 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

A number of analysts recently commented on SVU shares. Pivotal Research set a $39.00 target price on shares of Supervalu and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Telsey Advisory Group reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $18.00 target price (down from $24.00) on shares of Supervalu in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Wells Fargo & Co started coverage on shares of Supervalu in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $16.00 target price for the company. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on shares of Supervalu from $22.50 to $20.50 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $35.00 target price on shares of Supervalu in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.69.

Supervalu (NYSE:SVU) opened at $16.24 on Wednesday. Supervalu has a 1 year low of $14.55 and a 1 year high of $31.29. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.65, a quick ratio of 0.47 and a current ratio of 1.24. The stock has a market cap of $627.21, a P/E ratio of 1.02 and a beta of 2.29.

Supervalu (NYSE:SVU) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 10th. The company reported $0.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.48 by $0.13. Supervalu had a net margin of 4.17% and a return on equity of 26.48%. The company had revenue of $3.94 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.35 EPS. Supervalu’s revenue for the quarter was up 31.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Supervalu will post 2.2 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Supervalu Company Profile

Supervalu Inc is a wholesale distributor to independent retail customers across the United States. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Retail. The Company offers a range of advertised brand name and private-label products, including grocery (both perishable and nonperishable), general merchandise and home, health and beauty care, and pharmacy, which are sold through Company-operated and licensed Retail stores to shoppers and through its Wholesale segment to independent retail customers.

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