Media stories about Briggs & Stratton (NYSE:BGG) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news 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. Briggs & Stratton earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.2545327258979 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of Briggs & Stratton (NYSE:BGG) opened at $24.72 on Wednesday. The company has a current ratio of 1.82, a quick ratio of 0.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. Briggs & Stratton has a 1-year low of $20.00 and a 1-year high of $25.95. The firm has a market cap of $1,060.00, a P/E ratio of 18.46 and a beta of 0.77.

Briggs & Stratton (NYSE:BGG) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The industrial products company reported ($0.27) earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.35) by $0.08. Briggs & Stratton had a net margin of 3.05% and a return on equity of 11.38%. The company had revenue of $329.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $295.84 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned ($0.34) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Briggs & Stratton will post 1.49 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.14 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.27%. Briggs & Stratton’s payout ratio is currently 43.75%.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Briggs & Stratton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Briggs & Stratton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Finally, Raymond James Financial reiterated an “underperform” rating on shares of Briggs & Stratton in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Briggs & Stratton has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $26.50.

In other news, insider Todd J. Teske sold 60,000 shares of Briggs & Stratton stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.01, for a total value of $1,440,600.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Andrea L. Golvach sold 19,174 shares of Briggs & Stratton stock in a transaction on Monday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.20, for a total transaction of $483,184.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 27,197 shares in the company, valued at $685,364.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 97,174 shares of company stock worth $2,360,825. 4.20% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Briggs & Stratton

Briggs & Stratton Corporation is a producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. The Company designs, manufactures, markets, sells and services the various products for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the world. It also markets and sells related service parts and accessories for its engines.

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