Headlines about Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Harley-Davidson earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 46.3292556641103 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s scoring:
- Eye-Catching Shares – Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG), Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) Shareholder Return in Focus – Monroe Reporter (monroereporter.com)
- HARLEY-DAVIDSON, INC. TO REPORT FIRST QUARTER 2018 RESULTS ON APRIL 24, 2018 (finance.yahoo.com)
- One Stock for Low Risk Investors: Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG) – Wallstreet Investorplace (wallstreetinvestorplace.com)
- Harley-Davidson union turns to Trump to save KC plant – Kansas City Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
HOG has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Goldman Sachs cut shares of Harley-Davidson to a “hold” rating and set a $43.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Harley-Davidson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Wedbush lifted their price target on shares of Harley-Davidson from $45.00 to $49.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. Stifel Nicolaus dropped their price target on shares of Harley-Davidson from $54.00 to $49.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, Wells Fargo upgraded shares of Harley-Davidson from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $59.00 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $52.00.
Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The company reported $0.54 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.46 by $0.08. Harley-Davidson had a net margin of 10.62% and a return on equity of 31.23%. The firm had revenue of $1.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.01 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.27 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Harley-Davidson will post 3.77 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
Harley-Davidson announced that its board has authorized a stock repurchase plan on Monday, February 5th that allows the company to buyback 15,000,000 shares. This buyback authorization allows the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are typically an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 2nd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 14th were paid a dividend of $0.37 per share. This is a positive change from Harley-Davidson’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.37. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 13th. This represents a $1.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.57%. Harley-Davidson’s payout ratio is presently 49.66%.
In other Harley-Davidson news, VP Tchernavia Rocker sold 1,401 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.74, for a total transaction of $66,883.74. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Paul J. Jones sold 870 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.62, for a total transaction of $41,429.40. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 3,399 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $161,860.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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Harley-Davidson, Inc is the parent company for the groups of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company (HDMC) and Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS). The Company operates in two segments: the Motorcycles & Related Products (Motorcycles) and the Financial Services. The Motorcycles segment consists of HDMC, which designs, manufactures and sells at wholesale on-road Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as well as motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise and related services.
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