Media coverage about Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Manchester United earned a daily sentiment score of 0.93 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news articles about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Manchester United’s ranking:

MANU has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Manchester United from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Thursday, February 7th. Deutsche Bank set a $20.00 price objective on Manchester United and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 20th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. Manchester United presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $23.25.

Shares of Manchester United stock traded up $0.11 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $19.94. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 212 shares, compared to its average volume of 68,327. Manchester United has a 12-month low of $16.91 and a 12-month high of $27.70. The company has a market capitalization of $793.85 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 142.43, a PEG ratio of 4.54 and a beta of 0.62. The company has a quick ratio of 0.98, a current ratio of 0.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11.

Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 14th. The company reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.16. Manchester United had a return on equity of 10.14% and a net margin of 2.53%. The business had revenue of $208.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $197.27 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.09 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 17.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Manchester United will post 0.2 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a Semi-Annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 5th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 26th will be issued a $0.09 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 25th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.84%. Manchester United’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 128.57%.

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About Manchester United

Manchester United plc, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a professional sports team in the United Kingdom. The company operates Manchester United Football Club, a professional football club. It develops marketing and sponsorship relationships with international and regional companies to leverage its brand.

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