News (NWSA) Earning Neutral Press Coverage, Study Shows

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Media headlines about News (NASDAQ:NWSA) have trended neutral recently, InfoTrie reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. News earned a media sentiment score of 0.43 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the company an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is very unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted News’ analysis:

News stock opened at $12.64 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $7.45 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.73, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.65 and a beta of 1.48. News has a 52-week low of $10.65 and a 52-week high of $16.68. The company has a current ratio of 1.19, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09.

News (NASDAQ:NWSA) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 7th. The company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $2.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.62 billion. News had a negative net margin of 13.11% and a positive return on equity of 2.70%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 20.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.24 EPS. Equities analysts expect that News will post 0.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 17th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 13th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, March 12th. This represents a yield of 1.61%. News’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 45.45%.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on NWSA. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of News from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 8th. ValuEngine cut shares of News from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 30th. UBS Group raised shares of News from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 17th. Finally, Citigroup raised shares of News from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, January 14th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. News has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.17.

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About News

News Corporation, a media and information services company, creates and distributes content for consumers and businesses worldwide. It operates in five segments: News and Information Services, Book Publishing, Digital Real Estate Services, Subscription Video Services, and Other. The company distributes content and data products, including The Wall Street Journal, Factiva, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Dow Jones Newswires, Barron's, MarketWatch, and DJX through various media channels, such as newspapers, newswires, Websites, mobile device applications, tablets and e-book readers, newsletters, magazines, proprietary databases, live journalism, video, and podcasts.

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