News headlines about Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Campbell Soup earned a daily sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.2363788051685 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Shares of Campbell Soup (CPB) traded down $0.07 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $45.75. The stock had a trading volume of 1,562,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,650,000. Campbell Soup has a 52 week low of $44.99 and a 52 week high of $64.23. The company has a quick ratio of 0.39, a current ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.34. The stock has a market capitalization of $13,750.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.00, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.72 and a beta of 0.39.

Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 21st. The company reported $0.92 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by ($0.05). Campbell Soup had a return on equity of 56.88% and a net margin of 11.08%. The business had revenue of $2.16 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.17 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.00 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Campbell Soup will post 2.95 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 29th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be issued a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.06%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 9th. Campbell Soup’s payout ratio is 48.95%.

Campbell Soup declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Monday, December 18th that allows the company to buyback shares. This buyback authorization allows the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of research firms have weighed in on CPB. Morgan Stanley reduced their target price on Campbell Soup from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, October 13th. UBS Group reduced their target price on Campbell Soup from $42.00 to $41.00 and set a “sell” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Citigroup reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $54.00 target price (up previously from $50.00) on shares of Campbell Soup in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $49.00 target price on Campbell Soup and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $50.00 target price on shares of Campbell Soup in a report on Friday, December 15th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $49.83.

In other Campbell Soup news, Director Randall W. Larrimore sold 2,242 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.69, for a total value of $109,162.98. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Edward Carolan sold 6,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.15, for a total value of $312,975.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 41,506 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,998,513.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 15,284 shares of company stock valued at $741,399 in the last three months. 37.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup Company is a food company, which manufactures and markets food products. The Company’s segments include Americas Simple Meals and Beverages; Global Biscuits and Snacks, and Campbell Fresh. The Americas Simple Meals and Beverages segment includes the retail and food service channel businesses.

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