News coverage about Energizer (NYSE:ENR) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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. Energizer earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 48.1656855448788 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Energizer (ENR) traded up $0.50 on Friday, reaching $53.42. 1,002,464 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,348,350. The company has a current ratio of 1.90, a quick ratio of 1.39 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 29.02. The stock has a market capitalization of $3,188.43, a P/E ratio of 19.93, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.35 and a beta of 0.89. Energizer has a fifty-two week low of $40.64 and a fifty-two week high of $62.86.

Energizer (NYSE:ENR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The company reported $1.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.43 by $0.12. The business had revenue of $573.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $566.50 million. Energizer had a net margin of 9.40% and a return on equity of 274.69%. The company’s revenue was up 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.51 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Energizer will post 3.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 13th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be issued a dividend of $0.29 per share. This represents a $1.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.17%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 16th. Energizer’s payout ratio is 43.28%.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Energizer from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $64.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, February 5th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price target on shares of Energizer in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on shares of Energizer from $60.00 to $63.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. SunTrust Banks increased their price target on shares of Energizer to $70.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, Citigroup downgraded shares of Energizer from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $52.00 to $64.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Energizer currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $59.22.

In other Energizer news, VP Emily K. Boss sold 7,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.00, for a total transaction of $420,000.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 9,708 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $543,648. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.79% of the company’s stock.

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Energizer Company Profile

Energizer Holdings, Inc is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of household batteries, specialty batteries and lighting products. The Company is a designer and marketer of automotive fragrance and appearance products. It operates through four geographic segments: North America, which consists of the United States and Canada; Latin America, which includes its markets in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific, which consists of its markets in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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