Shares of Pearson plc (LON:PSON) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twelve analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 845 ($11.04).

PSON has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Citigroup upped their price objective on Pearson from GBX 975 ($12.74) to GBX 1,050 ($13.72) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 30th. UBS Group reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 915 ($11.96) price objective (up previously from GBX 870 ($11.37)) on shares of Pearson in a report on Monday, July 29th. Shore Capital reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Pearson in a report on Friday, August 2nd. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price objective on Pearson from GBX 800 ($10.45) to GBX 785 ($10.26) and set an “underperform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, May 2nd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group upped their price objective on Pearson from GBX 683 ($8.92) to GBX 696 ($9.09) and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 6th.

In other Pearson news, insider Coram Williams sold 13,666 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 824 ($10.77), for a total value of £112,607.84 ($147,142.09). Also, insider Elizabeth Corley purchased 1,736 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, June 28th. The stock was acquired at an average price of GBX 816 ($10.66) per share, with a total value of £14,165.76 ($18,510.07).

PSON stock opened at GBX 812.40 ($10.62) on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $6.35 billion and a P/E ratio of 14.10. Pearson has a twelve month low of GBX 764 ($9.98) and a twelve month high of GBX 1,030 ($13.46). The company has a current ratio of 1.95, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 48.18. The business’s fifty day moving average price is GBX 852.66.

The business also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 13th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 15th will be issued a GBX 6 ($0.08) dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 15th. This represents a yield of 0.64%. Pearson’s dividend payout ratio is presently 0.21%.

About Pearson

Pearson plc provides educational products and services to institutions, governments, professional bodies, and individual learners worldwide. The company operates through North America, Core, and Growth segments. It offers courseware services, including curriculum materials provided in book form and/or through access to digital content; and assessments, such as test development, processing, and scoring services.

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