Headlines about Barnes & Noble Education (NYSE:BNED) have trended positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Barnes & Noble Education earned a media sentiment score of 0.37 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the specialty retailer an impact score of 49.1376720446706 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Barnes & Noble Education (NYSE:BNED) opened at $7.11 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $333.56, a PE ratio of -1.23 and a beta of 0.31. The company has a quick ratio of 0.41, a current ratio of 1.29 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25. Barnes & Noble Education has a fifty-two week low of $4.99 and a fifty-two week high of $11.12.

Barnes & Noble Education (NYSE:BNED) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 1st. The specialty retailer reported ($6.04) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.07 by ($6.11). The company had revenue of $603.39 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $595.83 million. Barnes & Noble Education had a negative net margin of 12.31% and a negative return on equity of 41.88%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.08 EPS.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Barnes & Noble Education from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $10.92.

In related news, major shareholder Abrams Capital Management, L.P sold 1,039,022 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $7.82, for a total value of $8,125,152.04. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Insiders sold 2,484,116 shares of company stock valued at $20,175,715 in the last quarter. 3.46% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Barnes & Noble Education Company Profile

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc is a contract operator of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a provider of digital education services. The Company offers a support system, and a retail and digital learning experience for students. Through its subsidiary, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, the Company operates approximately 750 campus bookstores and the school-branded e-commerce sites for each store, serving over five million college students and their faculty.

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