Press coverage about Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) has trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Nasdaq earned a coverage optimism score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.6563876225602 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) opened at $76.11 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.05, a quick ratio of 1.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63. Nasdaq has a 1 year low of $65.98 and a 1 year high of $83.29. The stock has a market capitalization of $12,530.00, a P/E ratio of 17.62, a P/E/G ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.71.

Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $1.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.05. Nasdaq had a return on equity of 12.75% and a net margin of 18.49%. The business had revenue of $635.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $628.36 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.95 EPS. Nasdaq’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.0% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Nasdaq will post 4.8 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Friday, March 16th will be given a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 15th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.00%. Nasdaq’s payout ratio is 35.19%.

Nasdaq declared that its board has initiated a stock repurchase program on Monday, January 29th that authorizes the company to buyback $500.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the financial services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are generally an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Bank of America increased their price objective on Nasdaq from $79.00 to $82.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. BidaskClub lowered Nasdaq from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $83.50 price objective on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Nasdaq from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $83.00 price objective (up from $77.00) on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Nasdaq has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $81.86.

In related news, Director Charlene T. Begley sold 4,017 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.37, for a total transaction of $326,863.29. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Pc Nelson Griggs sold 1,396 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.72, for a total value of $104,309.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 33,097 shares of company stock worth $2,657,090. 1.60% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Nasdaq

Nasdaq, Inc (Nasdaq) is a holding company. The Company is a provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public company services. It manages, operates and provides its products and services through four segments: Market Services, Corporate Services, Information Services and Market Technology.

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