Howard Hughes (HHC) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows

News stories about Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog 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. Howard Hughes earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.8977332071958 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.

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

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HHC has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Howard Hughes from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Sandler O’Neill set a $140.00 target price on Howard Hughes and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 8th.

HHC stock traded down $2.22 on Friday, hitting $134.31. The stock had a trading volume of 171,448 shares, compared to its average volume of 431,032. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 2.04 and a quick ratio of 2.04. Howard Hughes has a twelve month low of $113.64 and a twelve month high of $139.50. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,918.82, a PE ratio of 34.44 and a beta of 1.29.

Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 26th. The financial services provider reported $3.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $3.19. Howard Hughes had a return on equity of 2.52% and a net margin of 15.31%. The firm had revenue of $300.98 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $239.83 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.05 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Howard Hughes will post 1.1 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, EVP Sarah M. Vasquez sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $134.80, for a total transaction of $1,011,000.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 11,582 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,561,253.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Pershing Square Capital Manage sold 2,500,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $127.86, for a total value of $319,650,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 20.70% of the company’s stock.

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About Howard Hughes

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate properties in the United States. It operates in three segments: Master Planned Communities, Operating Assets, and Strategic Developments. The Master Planned Communities segment develops and sells residential and commercial land.

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