Headlines about Carnival (NYSE:CCL) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Carnival earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.878440610387 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

Several brokerages recently weighed in on CCL. ValuEngine upgraded Carnival from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut Carnival from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on Carnival from $79.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Buckingham Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $84.00 price target (up previously from $80.00) on shares of Carnival in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, Barclays boosted their price objective on Carnival from $67.00 to $73.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $73.84.

Carnival (NYSE:CCL) opened at $67.57 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $35,981.80, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.82, a P/E/G ratio of 1.13 and a beta of 0.80. The company has a quick ratio of 0.14, a current ratio of 0.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29. Carnival has a twelve month low of $56.73 and a twelve month high of $72.70.

Carnival (NYSE:CCL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, December 19th. The company reported $0.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.12. Carnival had a return on equity of 11.78% and a net margin of 14.88%. The company had revenue of $4.26 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.15 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.67 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Carnival will post 4.28 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Investors of record on Friday, February 23rd will be given a $0.45 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a $1.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.66%. Carnival’s payout ratio is currently 22.28%.

In other news, CFO David Bernstein sold 2,600 shares of Carnival stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.59, for a total transaction of $180,934.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 34,620 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,409,205.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 8,000 shares of Carnival stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.66, for a total value of $573,280.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 102,150 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,320,069. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 336,364 shares of company stock valued at $22,626,561. 23.80% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Carnival

Carnival Corporation is a leisure travel company. The Company is a cruise company of global cruise guests, and a provider of vacations to all cruise destinations throughout the world. The Company operates in four segments: North America, EAA, Cruise Support and, Tour and Other. The Company’s North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises (Princess) and Seabourn.

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