News coverage about Johnson Controls International (NYSE:JCI) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Johnson Controls International earned a news impact score of 1.75 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the auto parts company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Johnson Controls International’s ranking:

Shares of Johnson Controls International stock opened at $33.89 on Thursday. Johnson Controls International has a 52-week low of $30.60 and a 52-week high of $41.53. The company has a current ratio of 1.05, a quick ratio of 0.76 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43. The stock has a market cap of $32.14 billion, a PE ratio of 11.98, a PEG ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 0.88.

Johnson Controls International (NYSE:JCI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 8th. The auto parts company reported $0.93 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.93. Johnson Controls International had a net margin of 6.89% and a return on equity of 11.92%. The business had revenue of $8.37 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $8.28 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.87 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that Johnson Controls International will post 2.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 11th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 17th will be paid a dividend of $0.26 per share. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.07%. Johnson Controls International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 36.75%.

Johnson Controls International declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share repurchase program on Thursday, November 8th that permits the company to buyback $1.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the auto parts company to purchase up to 3.2% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

JCI has been the subject of a number of research reports. Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on shares of Johnson Controls International in a research report on Monday, August 20th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $40.00 price target for the company. Argus raised shares of Johnson Controls International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 21st. TheStreet raised shares of Johnson Controls International from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Friday, August 24th. UBS Group reduced their target price on shares of Johnson Controls International from $46.00 to $44.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, August 30th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of Johnson Controls International from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $44.00 target price for the company. in a report on Friday, September 21st. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $38.92.

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About Johnson Controls International

Johnson Controls International plc operates as a diversified technology and multi industrial company worldwide. The company operates through Building Technologies & Solutions and Power Solutions segments. It designs, sells, controls, installs heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. The company also provides residential air conditioning and heating systems, and industrial refrigeration products, as well as technical and energy management consulting services.

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