Media headlines about Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring 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. Constellation Brands earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 46.6450273539541 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Constellation Brands (NYSE STZ) traded up $4.35 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $217.46. 1,490,407 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,295,060. The stock has a market cap of $41,627.05, a PE ratio of 23.69, a PEG ratio of 1.32 and a beta of 0.11. Constellation Brands has a one year low of $153.75 and a one year high of $229.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a current ratio of 1.40.

Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) last issued its earnings results on Friday, January 5th. The company reported $2.00 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.87 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $1.98 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.87 billion. Constellation Brands had a net margin of 22.55% and a return on equity of 22.04%. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.96 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Constellation Brands will post 8.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, February 9th will be given a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.96%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 8th. Constellation Brands’s payout ratio is presently 10.13%.

Constellation Brands declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program on Friday, January 5th that allows the company to repurchase $3.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

STZ has been the topic of several research reports. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $226.00 price objective on shares of Constellation Brands in a research report on Sunday, November 12th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Constellation Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on shares of Constellation Brands in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. They set a “buy” rating and a $244.00 price objective on the stock. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $207.00 price objective on shares of Constellation Brands and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 1st. Finally, Macquarie raised their price objective on shares of Constellation Brands from $246.00 to $250.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, fifteen have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Constellation Brands currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $237.77.

In related news, Director Barry A. Fromberg sold 2,005 shares of Constellation Brands stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $220.42, for a total value of $441,942.10. Following the transaction, the director now owns 20,790 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,582,531.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 15.59% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands, Inc is an international beverage alcohol company. The Company is a producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Its segments include Beer, Wine and Spirits, and Corporate Operations and Other. It is a multi-category supplier (beer, wine and spirits) of beverage alcohol in the United States.

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