News coverage about Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. Huntington Ingalls Industries earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the aerospace company an impact score of 46.4408909073062 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Several analysts have issued reports on HII shares. ValuEngine raised Huntington Ingalls Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, February 17th. Bank of America set a $335.00 price target on Huntington Ingalls Industries and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 16th. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $275.00 price target on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Huntington Ingalls Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $266.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein restated a “market perform” rating and set a $271.00 price objective (up previously from $242.00) on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries in a report on Tuesday, February 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $261.38.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) opened at $258.67 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $11,561.90, a P/E ratio of 22.53, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73, a quick ratio of 1.45 and a current ratio of 1.58. Huntington Ingalls Industries has a 1 year low of $183.42 and a 1 year high of $276.69.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The aerospace company reported $3.11 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.93 by $0.18. Huntington Ingalls Industries had a net margin of 6.44% and a return on equity of 31.01%. The company had revenue of $2 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.94 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $4.20 earnings per share. Huntington Ingalls Industries’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Huntington Ingalls Industries will post 17.38 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 23rd were given a dividend of $0.72 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a $2.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.11%. Huntington Ingalls Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 27.56%.

In other news, VP Brian J. Cuccias sold 2,858 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $256.61, for a total transaction of $733,391.38. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Jennifer R. Boykin sold 2,616 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $267.50, for a total transaction of $699,780.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 3,809 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,018,907.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have acquired 6,800 shares of company stock worth $1,794,184 and have sold 12,979 shares worth $3,381,250. Corporate insiders own 2.22% of the company’s stock.

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About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc is a military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. The Company’s business consists of the design, construction, repair and maintenance of nuclear-powered ships and non-nuclear ships for the United States Navy and coastal defense surface ships for the United States Coast Guard, as well as the refueling and overhaul and inactivation of nuclear-powered ships for the United States Navy.

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