Herbal Center (HLF) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Shows

Media headlines about Herbal Center (NYSE:HLF) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Herbal Center earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 46.3577373785225 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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HLF stock traded down $0.89 on Friday, hitting $98.50. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 894,848 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,114,995. Herbal Center has a 1 year low of $57.42 and a 1 year high of $101.59. The company has a market cap of $8,688.64, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.27 and a beta of 1.21. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -6.47, a current ratio of 2.05 and a quick ratio of 1.68.

Herbal Center (NYSE:HLF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 22nd. The company reported $1.29 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.33. Herbal Center had a net margin of 4.83% and a return on equity of 457.78%. The firm had revenue of $1.09 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.08 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.00 EPS. Herbal Center’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Herbal Center will post 5.3 earnings per share for the current year.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on HLF shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Herbal Center from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Pivotal Research reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $120.00 price target on shares of Herbal Center in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Herbal Center from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 1st. Citigroup upgraded shares of Herbal Center from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the company from $85.00 to $114.00 in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded shares of Herbal Center from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Monday, March 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Herbal Center has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $104.60.

In other Herbal Center news, EVP Mark J. Schissel sold 3,747 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.57, for a total transaction of $245,690.79. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 11,524 shares in the company, valued at approximately $755,628.68. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Thomas Harms sold 3,470 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.87, for a total transaction of $259,798.90. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 6,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $449,220. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 96,092 shares of company stock valued at $8,544,063. 6.19% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Herbal Center Company Profile

Herbalife Ltd. develops and sells nutrition solutions in North America, Mexico, South and Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. It provides science-based products in the areas of weight management; targeted nutrition; energy, sports, and fitness; and outer nutrition.

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