News coverage about J M Smucker (NYSE:SJM) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. J M Smucker earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.9913821591379 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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J M Smucker stock traded down $1.88 on Thursday, hitting $118.28. 1,123,308 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,109,434. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 0.64 and a current ratio of 1.48. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,248.74, a P/E ratio of 10.65, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.62. J M Smucker has a one year low of $99.57 and a one year high of $134.13.

J M Smucker (NYSE:SJM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 16th. The company reported $2.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.16 by $0.34. The company had revenue of $1.90 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.89 billion. J M Smucker had a net margin of 17.16% and a return on equity of 12.46%. The firm’s revenue was up 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $2.00 earnings per share. research analysts predict that J M Smucker will post 8.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Investors of record on Friday, February 9th were issued a $0.78 dividend. This represents a $3.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.64%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 8th. J M Smucker’s payout ratio is 28.08%.

SJM has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $148.00 price target on shares of J M Smucker and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of J M Smucker from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Deutsche Bank raised their price target on shares of J M Smucker from $130.00 to $134.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 20th. Wells Fargo set a $128.00 price target on shares of J M Smucker and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Gabelli reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of J M Smucker in a report on Monday, March 5th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. J M Smucker currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $129.38.

In related news, insider David J. Lemmon sold 1,205 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $124.54, for a total value of $150,070.70. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeannette L. Knudsen sold 1,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $124.36, for a total transaction of $198,976.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 23,452 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,916,490.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 5,610 shares of company stock worth $698,093. 3.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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J M Smucker Company Profile

The J. M. Smucker Company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. The Company’s segments include U.S. Retail Coffee, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, U.S. Retail Pet Foods, and International and Foodservice. The Company’s U.S. retail market segments consist of the sale of branded food products to consumers through retail outlets in North America.

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