News coverage about Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the auto parts company an impact score of 46.8158404005465 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (JCI) opened at $38.88 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $35,840.96, a PE ratio of 20.15, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.28 and a beta of 0.84. Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share has a 12 month low of $34.51 and a 12 month high of $44.37. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a current ratio of 1.11.

Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The auto parts company reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.03. Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share had a return on equity of 11.73% and a net margin of 5.92%. The business had revenue of $7.44 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.19 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.53 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.8% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts forecast that Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share will post 2.79 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.26 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 16th. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.67%. Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 53.89%.

Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, December 7th that allows the company to buyback $1.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the auto parts company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on JCI. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded shares of Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and lifted their price objective for the stock from $37.36 to $44.00 in a report on Thursday, December 7th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. TheStreet downgraded shares of Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Monday, December 18th. Susquehanna Bancshares downgraded shares of Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share from a “positive” rating to a “neutral” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $48.00 to $49.00 in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, Cowen downgraded shares of Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $44.00 to $42.00 in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.25.

In related news, VP Jeffrey M. Williams sold 27,734 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.00, for a total value of $1,109,360.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 201,961 shares in the company, valued at $8,078,440. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Rodney M. Rushing sold 14,199 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.88, for a total value of $537,858.12. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 39,847 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,509,404.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.43% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share Company Profile

Johnson Controls, Inc is a technology company. The Company provides products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles, and seating and interior systems for automobiles. The Company operates in two segments: Building Efficiency and Power Solutions.

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