News coverage about Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Acuity Brands earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the electronics maker an impact score of 44.2023234053297 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the company. Seaport Global Securities reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $175.00 price target (down previously from $185.00) on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Acuity Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Williams Capital lowered Acuity Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from $204.00 to $175.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and issued a $198.00 price objective on shares of Acuity Brands in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $196.23.

Shares of Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) traded down $1.62 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $148.87. The stock had a trading volume of 335,084 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,040,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21, a quick ratio of 1.65 and a current ratio of 2.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $6,280.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.45, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 1.28. Acuity Brands has a twelve month low of $141.77 and a twelve month high of $225.36.

Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 9th. The electronics maker reported $1.81 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.97 by ($0.16). The firm had revenue of $842.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $883.97 million. Acuity Brands had a net margin of 8.91% and a return on equity of 20.08%. equities research analysts expect that Acuity Brands will post 9 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Monday, January 22nd were issued a $0.13 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, January 19th. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.35%. Acuity Brands’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 7.14%.

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About Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands, Inc is a provider of lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications throughout North America and other international markets. The Company operates through North American segment. The Company offers a portfolio of indoor and outdoor lighting and building management solutions for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications.

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