Press coverage about Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) has been trending somewhat negative recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Constellation Brands earned a news impact score of -1.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned press coverage about the company an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Constellation Brands’ ranking:

STZ opened at $190.72 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $36.22 billion, a PE ratio of 21.87, a P/E/G ratio of 1.85 and a beta of 0.05. Constellation Brands has a 52-week low of $187.87 and a 52-week high of $236.62. The company has a current ratio of 1.66, a quick ratio of 0.76 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80.

Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 4th. The company reported $2.87 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.60 by $0.27. The company had revenue of $2.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.25 billion. Constellation Brands had a return on equity of 18.63% and a net margin of 38.18%. Constellation Brands’s quarterly revenue was up 10.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $2.47 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that Constellation Brands will post 9.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, November 20th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 6th were paid a $0.74 dividend. This represents a $2.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.55%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 5th. Constellation Brands’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 10.67%.

STZ has been the topic of a number of research reports. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on Constellation Brands to $300.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 22nd. SunTrust Banks lowered Constellation Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $260.00 to $220.00 in a report on Monday, September 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised Constellation Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, September 20th. Cann decreased their price objective on Constellation Brands from $234.00 to $226.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Guggenheim initiated coverage on Constellation Brands in a report on Thursday, September 13th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $177.00 price objective on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, seventeen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Constellation Brands currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $244.27.

In related news, CEO Robert Sands sold 151,060 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $223.67, for a total value of $33,787,590.20. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 737,607 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $164,980,557.69. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Chairman Richard Sands sold 148,773 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $223.69, for a total value of $33,279,032.37. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now directly owns 346,525 shares in the company, valued at $77,514,177.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 578,723 shares of company stock worth $129,438,449 over the last ninety days. 15.80% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, produces, imports, and markets beer, wine, and spirits in the United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Italy. The company sells wine across various categories, including table wine, sparkling wine, and dessert wine. It provides beer primarily under the Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, Modelo Chelada, Pacifico, and Victoria brands, as well as Funky Buddha, Obregon Brewery, and Ballast Point brands.

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