News coverage about International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. International Business Machines earned a daily sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the technology company an impact score of 46.8107566892333 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Oppenheimer restated a “hold” rating on shares of International Business Machines in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $180.00 price objective on shares of International Business Machines in a research note on Friday, January 19th. Morgan Stanley lowered shares of International Business Machines from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $200.00 to $205.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. ValuEngine raised shares of International Business Machines from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $175.00 price objective on shares of International Business Machines in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $164.37.

Shares of International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) opened at $167.34 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.25, a quick ratio of 1.29 and a current ratio of 1.33. The firm has a market cap of $154,921.94, a PE ratio of 12.10, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.45 and a beta of 0.94. International Business Machines has a 52 week low of $139.13 and a 52 week high of $182.79.

International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 18th. The technology company reported $5.18 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $5.17 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $22.54 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $22.03 billion. International Business Machines had a net margin of 7.27% and a return on equity of 69.48%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $5.01 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that International Business Machines will post 13.82 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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International Business Machines Company Profile

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is a technology company. The Company operates through five segments: Cognitive Solutions, Global Business Services (GBS), Technology Services & Cloud Platforms, Systems and Global Financing. The Cognitive Solutions segment delivers a spectrum of capabilities, from descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to cognitive systems.

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