Media coverage about New York Times (NYSE:NYT) has trended somewhat negative recently, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research group, a division of Accern, rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. New York Times earned a news sentiment score of -0.02 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 76 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment’s scoring:

New York Times (NYSE:NYT) traded up 1.37% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $14.80. The company had a trading volume of 788,817 shares. New York Times has a 12-month low of $10.60 and a 12-month high of $16.35. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.39 billion, a PE ratio of 84.09 and a beta of 1.51. The company has a 50-day moving average of $14.48 and a 200-day moving average of $13.43.

New York Times (NYSE:NYT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 2nd. The company reported $0.30 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24 by $0.06. The company earned $439.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $437.80 million. New York Times had a return on equity of 11.87% and a net margin of 1.87%. New York Times’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.37 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that New York Times will post $0.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 20th. Investors of record on Wednesday, April 5th will be given a dividend of $0.04 per share. This represents a $0.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.08%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 3rd. New York Times’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 88.89%.

A number of research firms recently commented on NYT. Zacks Investment Research raised New York Times from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 4th. TheStreet raised New York Times from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 4th. Jefferies Group LLC increased their price target on New York Times to $12.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 3rd. Argus reissued a “hold” rating on shares of New York Times in a research report on Friday, December 30th. Finally, Singular Research began coverage on New York Times in a research report on Thursday, February 9th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $7.80 price target for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. New York Times presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $11.93.

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In related news, Director Doreen A. Toben sold 8,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.06, for a total transaction of $128,480.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 18,342 shares in the company, valued at $294,572.52. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 6.20% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

New York Times Company Profile

The New York Times Company is a media company focused on creating, collecting and distributing news and information. The Company’s principal business consists of distributing content generated by its newsroom through its print, Web and mobile platforms. In addition, it distributes selected content on third-party platforms.

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