Media coverage about FedEx (NYSE:FDX) has been trending negative on Sunday, InfoTrie reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media 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 positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. FedEx earned a news sentiment score of -2.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media stories about the shipping service provider an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted FedEx’s ranking:

Shares of NYSE:FDX traded up $3.31 on Friday, reaching $156.61. The company had a trading volume of 2,378,219 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,846,143. FedEx has a twelve month low of $137.78 and a twelve month high of $217.45. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $157.29 and a 200 day moving average price of $158.81. The stock has a market capitalization of $40.16 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.09, a P/E/G ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 1.71. The company has a quick ratio of 1.25, a current ratio of 1.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.70.

FedEx (NYSE:FDX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, September 17th. The shipping service provider reported $3.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $3.17 by ($0.12). The company had revenue of $17.05 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $17.05 billion. FedEx had a return on equity of 21.15% and a net margin of 0.65%. The business’s revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $3.46 EPS. On average, sell-side analysts predict that FedEx will post 12.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 2nd. Investors of record on Monday, December 9th will be issued a $0.65 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 6th. This represents a $2.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.66%. FedEx’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 16.75%.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on FDX shares. Credit Suisse Group lowered their price target on shares of FedEx from $175.00 to $168.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, September 18th. UBS Group cut their price objective on FedEx from $136.00 to $132.00 and set a “sell” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, September 18th. Stifel Nicolaus cut FedEx from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $185.00 to $171.00 in a research report on Wednesday, September 18th. BMO Capital Markets downgraded FedEx from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and lowered their target price for the company from $190.00 to $165.00 in a research note on Wednesday, September 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered FedEx from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $161.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, August 29th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and fifteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $170.40.

In other news, Director R Brad Martin bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 27th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $145.00 per share, with a total value of $145,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 49,046 shares in the company, valued at $7,111,670. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director John A. Edwardson purchased 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 31st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $151.75 per share, with a total value of $758,750.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 62,966 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,555,090.50. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 8.44% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About FedEx

FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services worldwide. The company's FedEx Express segment offers shipping services for delivery of packages and freight. Its FedEx Ground segment provides business and residential money-back guaranteed ground package delivery services; and consolidates and delivers low-weight and less time-sensitive business-to-consumer packages.

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