News stories about Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Charles Schwab earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2901556425192 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) traded up $0.21 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $51.15. 6,404,554 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 7,993,752. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21, a quick ratio of 0.30 and a current ratio of 0.31. Charles Schwab has a fifty-two week low of $37.16 and a fifty-two week high of $56.25. The firm has a market cap of $68,290.00, a PE ratio of 31.77, a PEG ratio of 1.24 and a beta of 1.63.

Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.03. Charles Schwab had a net margin of 27.32% and a return on equity of 16.31%. The business had revenue of $2.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.24 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.36 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Charles Schwab will post 2.37 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 8th. This is a boost from Charles Schwab’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.08. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.78%. Charles Schwab’s dividend payout ratio is 24.84%.

A number of brokerages have commented on SCHW. Nomura restated a “neutral” rating and set a $54.00 price objective (up previously from $50.00) on shares of Charles Schwab in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Credit Suisse Group restated a “positive” rating and set a $70.00 price objective (up previously from $64.00) on shares of Charles Schwab in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Argus upped their price objective on shares of Charles Schwab from $59.00 to $69.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Citigroup restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Charles Schwab in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on shares of Charles Schwab from $61.00 to $63.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $53.88.

In related news, EVP Terri R. Kallsen sold 2,026 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.94, for a total value of $105,230.44. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 1,706 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $88,609.64. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Chairman Charles R. Schwab sold 350,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.65, for a total transaction of $15,627,500.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 2,008,944 shares of company stock worth $101,205,520. Corporate insiders own 12.00% of the company’s stock.

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About Charles Schwab

The Charles Schwab Corporation (CSC) is a savings and loan holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services. The Company provides financial services to individuals and institutional clients through two segments: Investor Services and Advisor Services.

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