News stories about Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Northrop Grumman earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.9847969093902 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) traded up $0.06 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $303.84. 498,700 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 779,973. Northrop Grumman has a 1-year low of $223.88 and a 1-year high of $311.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 1.21 and a quick ratio of 1.05. The stock has a market capitalization of $52,881.56, a P/E ratio of 22.64, a PEG ratio of 3.05 and a beta of 0.69.

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The aerospace company reported $3.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.92 by $0.76. Northrop Grumman had a net margin of 9.24% and a return on equity of 39.76%. The business had revenue of $6.53 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6.33 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $3.35 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Northrop Grumman will post 13.19 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 20th. Investors of record on Monday, December 4th were issued a dividend of $1.00 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 1st. This represents a $4.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.32%. Northrop Grumman’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 29.81%.

Several analysts have recently commented on NOC shares. Royal Bank of Canada set a $294.00 target price on shares of Northrop Grumman and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Vertical Research reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $296.00 target price (up previously from $280.00) on shares of Northrop Grumman in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Northrop Grumman from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $309.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $325.00 target price (up previously from $285.00) on shares of Northrop Grumman in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group set a $320.00 target price on shares of Northrop Grumman and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Northrop Grumman currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $298.67.

In related news, COO Gloria A. Flach sold 7,741 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $296.45, for a total transaction of $2,294,819.45. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 77,200 shares in the company, valued at $22,885,940. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Denise M. Peppard sold 2,328 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $300.86, for a total transaction of $700,402.08. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 28,553 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,590,455.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 21,417 shares of company stock valued at $6,365,189 in the last 90 days. 0.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global security company. The Company provides products, systems and solutions in autonomous systems; cyber; command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); strike, and logistics and modernization. The Company’s segments include Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems and Technology Services.

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