News coverage about Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Groupon earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the coupon company an impact score of 44.7975494298197 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Groupon (GRPN) traded up $0.04 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $5.72. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,950,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 9,130,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 0.86 and a quick ratio of 0.86. Groupon has a 52 week low of $2.90 and a 52 week high of $5.76.

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The coupon company reported $0.01 earnings per share for the quarter. The company had revenue of $634.46 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $642.62 million. Groupon had a negative return on equity of 1.47% and a negative net margin of 2.97%. Groupon’s revenue was down 7.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted ($0.01) EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Groupon will post -0.02 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

GRPN has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating and set a $5.50 price objective on shares of Groupon in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Cowen Inc raised Groupon from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from $2.90 to $5.38 in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $6.25 price objective (up from $5.50) on shares of Groupon in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Groupon from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $6.25 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $4.00 price objective on shares of Groupon in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $4.97.

In other news, insider James Sullivan sold 25,000 shares of Groupon stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $5.29, for a total value of $132,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 350,919 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,856,361.51. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Eric P. Lefkofsky sold 750,000 shares of Groupon stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $4.40, for a total value of $3,300,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 2,300,000 shares of company stock valued at $10,139,750 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 23.40% of the company’s stock.

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Groupon Company Profile

Groupon, Inc operates online local commerce marketplaces around the world that connect merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount. The Company operates through three segments: North America, which represents the United States and Canada; EMEA, which consists of Europe, and the Middle East and Africa, and the remainder of its international operations (Rest of World).

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