Media stories about VMware (NYSE:VMW) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. VMware earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the virtualization software provider an impact score of 45.4914651846986 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Shares of VMware (VMW) opened at $124.03 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a quick ratio of 2.86 and a current ratio of 2.86. VMware has a 12-month low of $85.45 and a 12-month high of $165.00. The stock has a market cap of $51,356.27, a P/E ratio of 32.28, a PEG ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 0.72.

VMware (NYSE:VMW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 1st. The virtualization software provider reported $1.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.62 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $2.31 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.26 billion. VMware had a return on equity of 19.52% and a net margin of 7.18%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 13.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.43 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that VMware will post 4.53 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of brokerages have commented on VMW. Drexel Hamilton reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 price target on shares of VMware in a research report on Thursday, November 30th. Hilliard Lyons cut VMware from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Mizuho reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $110.00 price target on shares of VMware in a report on Thursday, November 30th. Maxim Group boosted their price objective on VMware from $113.00 to $123.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Gabelli lowered VMware from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and twenty have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $131.42.

In other news, COO Sanjay Poonen sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $129.71, for a total transaction of $1,297,100.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Maurizio Carli sold 2,581 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $129.88, for a total transaction of $335,220.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 34.40% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About VMware

VMware, Inc is an information technology (IT) company. The Company is engaged in development and application of virtualization technologies with x86 server-based computing, separating application software from the underlying hardware. The Company offers various products, which allow organizations to manage IT resources across private clouds and multi-cloud, multi-device environments by leveraging synergies across three product categories: Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), Hybrid Cloud Computing and End-User Computing (EUC).

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