News headlines about Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Intuitive Surgical earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the medical equipment provider an impact score of 45.855964747685 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Several brokerages have issued reports on ISRG. BidaskClub cut Intuitive Surgical from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $1,000.00 price objective (up previously from $870.00) on shares of Intuitive Surgical in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a $1,070.00 price objective (up previously from $950.00) on shares of Intuitive Surgical in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised Intuitive Surgical from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $1,067.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $1,078.00 price objective (up previously from $917.00) on shares of Intuitive Surgical in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $980.03.

Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) traded up 2.37% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $964.56. The company had a trading volume of 326,711 shares. Intuitive Surgical has a 1-year low of $610.71 and a 1-year high of $974.66. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $941.59 and its 200 day moving average is $837.95. The stock has a market capitalization of $35.83 billion, a PE ratio of 46.20 and a beta of 0.39. Intuitive Surgical shares are going to split on the morning of Thursday, August 31st. The 3-1 split was announced on Friday, August 11th. The newly minted shares will be issued to shareholders after the closing bell on Wednesday, August 30th.

Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The medical equipment provider reported $5.95 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $5.79 by $0.16. Intuitive Surgical had a net margin of 28.44% and a return on equity of 15.99%. The firm had revenue of $756.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $724.51 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $5.62 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Intuitive Surgical will post $23.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Intuitive Surgical news, SVP Mark J. Meltzer sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $887.09, for a total value of $2,661,270.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 3,046 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,702,076.14. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Gary S. Guthart sold 17,975 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $937.27, for a total transaction of $16,847,428.25. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 101,798 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $95,412,211.46. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 34,065 shares of company stock valued at $31,659,090. 2.50% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive Surgical, Inc (Intuitive) designs, manufactures and markets da Vinci Surgical Systems, and related instruments and accessories. The Company’s da Vinci Surgical System consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart and a vision system. The da Vinci Surgical System translates a surgeon’s hand movements, which are performed on instrument controls at a console, into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small incisions or ports.

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