Headlines about Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Golar LNG Limited earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the shipping company an impact score of 46.5518533369542 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) traded down 1.55% on Friday, hitting $20.26. The stock had a trading volume of 1,124,030 shares. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $22.69 and its 200-day moving average is $25.34. Golar LNG Limited has a 52-week low of $18.63 and a 52-week high of $29.18. The company’s market cap is $1.99 billion.

Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 31st. The shipping company reported ($0.41) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.38) by $0.03. The company had revenue of $25.11 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $17.62 million. Golar LNG Limited had a negative net margin of 228.55% and a negative return on equity of 7.51%. Equities research analysts anticipate that Golar LNG Limited will post ($1.45) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on GLNG shares. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price (down from $29.00) on shares of Golar LNG Limited in a research report on Thursday, June 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered Golar LNG Limited from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 9th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $32.00 target price (down from $36.00) on shares of Golar LNG Limited in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 target price on shares of Golar LNG Limited in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered Golar LNG Limited from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. Golar LNG Limited currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $34.43.

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About Golar LNG Limited

Golar LNG Limited is a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company engaged primarily in the transportation, regasification, liquefaction and trading of LNG. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, operation and chartering of LNG carriers and Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRUs) through its subsidiaries and affiliates, and the development of LNG projects, such as floating LNGs (FLNGs).

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