Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Time Warner (TWX) Share Price

Media stories about Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Time Warner earned a news sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the media conglomerate an impact score of 45.459672127831 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

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A number of research firms have weighed in on TWX. Pivotal Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 target price on shares of Time Warner in a report on Thursday, February 1st. ValuEngine lowered shares of Time Warner from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Loop Capital began coverage on shares of Time Warner in a report on Thursday, March 15th. They set a “buy” rating and a $107.50 target price on the stock. Barclays boosted their target price on shares of Time Warner from $100.00 to $101.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, UBS raised shares of Time Warner from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $95.26 to $108.00 in a report on Monday, March 12th. Fourteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $104.61.

Shares of NYSE TWX traded down $0.87 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $95.52. The stock had a trading volume of 12,035,313 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,240,223. The company has a market capitalization of $74,795.56, a P/E ratio of 14.88, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 0.88. Time Warner has a twelve month low of $85.88 and a twelve month high of $103.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a current ratio of 1.08.

Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The media conglomerate reported $1.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $8.61 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $8.41 billion. Time Warner had a net margin of 16.78% and a return on equity of 18.96%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.25 EPS. analysts forecast that Time Warner will post 7.67 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 1st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, April 10th will be given a $0.4025 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 9th. This represents a $1.61 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.69%. This is an increase from Time Warner’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. Time Warner’s payout ratio is 25.08%.

In other news, Director William P. Barr sold 4,019 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.20, for a total value of $390,646.80. Following the transaction, the director now owns 44,959 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,370,014.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.16% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Time Warner Company Profile

Time Warner Inc is a media and entertainment company. The Company operates through three segments: Turner, which consists of cable networks and digital media properties; Home Box Office, which consists of premium pay television and over the top (OTT) services and premium pay, basic tier television and OTT services internationally, and Warner Bros., which consists of television, feature film, home video, and videogame production and distribution.

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