Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) Receives Daily Media Sentiment Score of 0.38

News stories about Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) have been trending positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Edgewell Personal Care earned a daily sentiment score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.3217446029772 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

EPC stock opened at $46.65 on Tuesday. Edgewell Personal Care has a 12 month low of $46.04 and a 12 month high of $78.04. The company has a quick ratio of 1.87, a current ratio of 2.65 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The company has a market capitalization of $2,489.29, a PE ratio of -116.63, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.36 and a beta of 0.81.

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.57 by ($0.37). Edgewell Personal Care had a positive return on equity of 11.24% and a negative net margin of 0.92%. The company had revenue of $468.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $470.63 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.66 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Edgewell Personal Care will post 3.83 earnings per share for the current year.

Edgewell Personal Care declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program on Thursday, February 8th that authorizes the company to repurchase 10,000,000 shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

EPC has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Edgewell Personal Care from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 price objective on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a report on Friday, February 9th. Bank of America lowered Edgewell Personal Care from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on Edgewell Personal Care from $65.00 to $56.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Barclays set a $47.00 price objective on Edgewell Personal Care and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, February 10th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Edgewell Personal Care presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $67.91.

In other Edgewell Personal Care news, VP Anthony J. Bender purchased 1,450 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 13th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $50.02 per share, for a total transaction of $72,529.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 14,359 shares in the company, valued at approximately $718,237.18. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director R David Hoover purchased 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 6th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $52.94 per share, with a total value of $52,940.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have bought 10,021 shares of company stock valued at $511,551. Corporate insiders own 0.97% of the company’s stock.

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About Edgewell Personal Care

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other.

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