Media stories about General Finance (NASDAQ:GFN) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. General Finance earned a media sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 47.1989944166655 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

General Finance (NASDAQ:GFN) traded down $0.05 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $6.40. 2,900 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 14,886. General Finance has a 1 year low of $4.05 and a 1 year high of $6.65. The company has a current ratio of 1.58, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.93.

General Finance (NASDAQ:GFN) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, September 6th. The business services provider reported ($0.07) EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of ($0.07). General Finance had a negative net margin of 0.73% and a negative return on equity of 1.29%. The firm had revenue of $73.34 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $70.95 million. equities research analysts predict that General Finance will post -0.27 EPS for the current year.

GFN has been the topic of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of General Finance from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, September 22nd. ValuEngine raised shares of General Finance from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Oppenheimer reissued a “hold” rating on shares of General Finance in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of General Finance from a “d” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. General Finance has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $9.20.

In other General Finance news, CEO Ronald Valenta purchased 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 8th. The shares were bought at an average price of $5.10 per share, with a total value of $51,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Larry D. Tashjian purchased 5,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $4.95 per share, for a total transaction of $25,740.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders bought 48,302 shares of company stock worth $242,941 in the last three months. Insiders own 25.90% of the company’s stock.

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About General Finance

General Finance Corporation is a specialty rental services company. The Company offers a range of portable storage units, including its core 20-feet and 40-feet steel containers, office container, mobile office and modular space products and steel tanks. It has two geographic areas that include its four operating segments: the Asia-Pacific area, consisting of the leasing operations of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited and its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries (Royal Wolf), and North America, consisting of the combined leasing operations of Pac-Van, Inc and its Canadian subsidiary, PV Acquisition Corp.

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