Media stories about Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Comcast earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the cable giant an impact score of 46.6166709258169 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Comcast (CMCSA) traded up $0.17 during trading on Thursday, hitting $41.85. 21,817,201 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 22,810,000. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. Comcast has a 52 week low of $34.78 and a 52 week high of $42.71. The firm has a market cap of $195,600.00, a P/E ratio of 19.74, a PEG ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 1.00.

Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The cable giant reported $0.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.03. Comcast had a net margin of 11.99% and a return on equity of 17.17%. The company had revenue of $20.98 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $21.05 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.92 EPS. Comcast’s quarterly revenue was down 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Comcast will post 2.05 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 24th. Investors of record on Wednesday, January 3rd will be given a dividend of $0.157 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 2nd. This represents a $0.63 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.50%. Comcast’s payout ratio is presently 29.72%.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. TD Securities downgraded shares of Comcast from an “action list buy” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $42.60 to $51.00 in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Nomura reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $42.00 target price (down from $45.00) on shares of Comcast in a research report on Thursday. Moffett Nathanson reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 target price (up from $45.00) on shares of Comcast in a research report on Thursday. Instinet downgraded shares of Comcast from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $42.00 to $45.00 in a research report on Thursday. Finally, Evercore ISI reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $48.00 target price (up from $44.00) on shares of Comcast in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and twenty-five have issued a buy rating to the company. Comcast presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $46.40.

In other Comcast news, Chairman Brian L. Roberts sold 583,835 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.67, for a total transaction of $22,576,899.45. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now owns 1,711,798 shares in the company, valued at approximately $66,195,228.66. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Arthur R. Block sold 3,937 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.62, for a total transaction of $159,920.94. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 65,946 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,678,726.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 593,402 shares of company stock worth $22,961,401 in the last quarter. 1.28% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Comcast Company Profile

Comcast Corporation is a media and technology company. The Company has two primary businesses: Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Its Comcast Cable business operates in the Cable Communications segment. Its NBCUniversal business operates in four business segments: Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks.

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