Press coverage about Pearson, PLC (NYSE:PSO) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Pearson, PLC earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.6609294214996 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Pearson, PLC (NYSE:PSO) traded down 0.50% during trading on Friday, hitting $7.95. 627,433 shares of the company traded hands. Pearson, PLC has a one year low of $7.04 and a one year high of $11.69. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $8.50 and a 200 day moving average of $8.42. The firm’s market cap is $6.48 billion.

The firm also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 20th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 18th will be given a $0.065 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 1.6%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 16th.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of Pearson, PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Pearson, PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Finally, Kepler Capital Markets cut shares of Pearson, PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 11th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.00.

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About Pearson, PLC

Pearson plc (Pearson) is a learning company. The Company delivers learning through providing a range of educational products and services to institutions, governments, professional bodies and individual learners. The Company operates through three segments, which include North America, Core and Growth.

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