Sears (SHLD) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media stories about Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sears earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.9463824867072 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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Shares of SHLD stock traded up $0.06 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $2.32. 3,451,486 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,470,702. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -0.51, a quick ratio of 0.19 and a current ratio of 0.80. The company has a market capitalization of $250.10, a price-to-earnings ratio of -0.65 and a beta of 0.93. Sears has a twelve month low of $1.99 and a twelve month high of $14.32.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on SHLD. ValuEngine raised shares of Sears from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. BidaskClub lowered shares of Sears from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Susquehanna Bancshares cut their price objective on shares of Sears from $3.00 to $2.50 and set a “negative” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Moffett Nathanson assumed coverage on shares of Sears in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They issued a “sell” rating on the stock. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, The stock presently has an average rating of “Sell” and an average price target of $4.78.

In related news, major shareholder Bruce R. Berkowitz sold 415,700 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $3.43, for a total transaction of $1,425,851.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 799,516 shares in the company, valued at $2,742,339.88. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, major shareholder Bruce R. Berkowitz sold 350,700 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.86, for a total transaction of $1,003,002.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 799,516 shares in the company, valued at $2,286,615.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 2,978,800 shares of company stock worth $9,818,269. 89.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Sears Company Profile

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as an integrated retailer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Kmart and Sears Domestic. The Kmart segment operates retail stores that offer a range of products, including consumer electronics, seasonal merchandise, outdoor living, toys, lawn and garden equipment, food and consumables, and apparel; and in-store pharmacies.

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