Media headlines about Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Charles Schwab earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2723685963715 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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Charles Schwab (SCHW) opened at $55.59 on Friday. Charles Schwab has a twelve month low of $37.16 and a twelve month high of $58.11. The company has a current ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30. The firm has a market capitalization of $75,321.70, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 1.58.

Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.03. Charles Schwab had a return on equity of 16.03% and a net margin of 27.32%. The firm had revenue of $2.24 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.24 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.36 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Charles Schwab will post 2.4 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, February 9th were given a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.72%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 8th. This is an increase from Charles Schwab’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.08. Charles Schwab’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 24.84%.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Charles Schwab from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and set a $55.00 price target (up from $47.00) on shares of Charles Schwab in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. JMP Securities downgraded Charles Schwab from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Charles Schwab in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, Nomura reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $54.00 price target (up from $50.00) on shares of Charles Schwab in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $54.64.

In other news, EVP Terri R. Kallsen sold 5,000 shares of Charles Schwab stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.94, for a total value of $264,700.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Terri R. Kallsen sold 2,026 shares of Charles Schwab stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.30, for a total value of $103,933.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 1,706 shares in the company, valued at approximately $87,517.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 922,251 shares of company stock worth $50,343,908 in the last quarter. 12.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Charles Schwab

The Charles Schwab Corporation (CSC) is a savings and loan holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services. The Company provides financial services to individuals and institutional clients through two segments: Investor Services and Advisor Services.

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