News stories about Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Apple earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the iPhone maker an impact score of 44.2084539975599 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- Apple Inc. Rumored to Bring This Huge iPad Pro Feature to 6.46-Inch iPhone X (msn.com)
- Raymond James Lays Out 3 Reasons To To Stay On Apple’s Sidelines… For Now (finance.yahoo.com)
- 3 Things I Love About Apple Inc.'s iPhone X (finance.yahoo.com)
- Baird Apple analyst: There's still good upside to stock (finance.yahoo.com)
- Universal Display Slips As Client Samsung Deals With Surplus (finance.yahoo.com)
Shares of Apple (AAPL) traded down $0.56 on Friday, reaching $172.43. 40,159,874 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 41,370,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $874,910.00, a P/E ratio of 16.87, a P/E/G ratio of 1.26 and a beta of 1.33. Apple has a 1-year low of $134.84 and a 1-year high of $180.10. The company has a current ratio of 1.24, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 12th were paid a dividend of $0.63 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 9th. This represents a $2.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.46%. Apple’s payout ratio is presently 24.66%.
AAPL has been the subject of several analyst reports. Vetr cut Apple from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $178.34 price objective for the company. in a report on Friday, December 1st. UBS Group set a $190.00 price objective on Apple and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Needham & Company LLC raised their price objective on Apple from $175.00 to $200.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Morgan Stanley restated a “buy” rating and issued a $205.00 price objective (up previously from $200.00) on shares of Apple in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein cut Apple from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $195.00 to $170.00 in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have assigned a hold rating, thirty-three have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $201.64.
In other Apple news, insider Eduardo H. Cue sold 65,361 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $171.60, for a total transaction of $11,215,947.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Daniel J. Riccio sold 15,641 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $174.78, for a total transaction of $2,733,733.98. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 13,739 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,401,302.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 112,771 shares of company stock worth $19,419,429. Insiders own 0.08% of the company’s stock.
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Apple Company Profile
Apple Inc (Apple) designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The Company’s products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a variety of accessory, service and support offerings.
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