News headlines about International Paper (NYSE:IP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. International Paper earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.6572336811021 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on IP shares. Bank of America raised shares of International Paper from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 price target on shares of International Paper in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 price target on shares of International Paper in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Stephens started coverage on shares of International Paper in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $60.00 price target for the company. Finally, KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of International Paper in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $63.92.

International Paper (NYSE IP) traded up $0.43 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $65.18. 646,313 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,204,243. International Paper has a one year low of $49.60 and a one year high of $66.94. The company has a market capitalization of $26,737.10, a P/E ratio of 29.84, a PEG ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 1.46. The company has a current ratio of 1.48, a quick ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.31.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.475 per share. This represents a $1.90 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.92%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 20th. International Paper’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 87.56%.

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International Paper Company Profile

International Paper Company is a paper and packaging company with primary markets and manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Company’s segments include Industrial Packaging, Global Cellulose Fibers, Printing Papers and Consumer Packaging.

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