News stories about Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Pier 1 Imports earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.4700917642191 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Pier 1 Imports (NYSE PIR) opened at $3.94 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $330.13, a PE ratio of 13.59, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of -6.45 and a beta of 1.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a current ratio of 2.14. Pier 1 Imports has a 12-month low of $3.84 and a 12-month high of $7.71.

Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, December 13th. The specialty retailer reported $0.09 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.11 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $469.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $466.60 million. Pier 1 Imports had a return on equity of 10.17% and a net margin of 1.28%. Pier 1 Imports’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.22 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Pier 1 Imports will post 0.2 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 17th will be given a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 16th. Pier 1 Imports’s dividend payout ratio is currently 96.55%.

Several research firms recently issued reports on PIR. UBS Group reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $3.50 target price (down from $4.00) on shares of Pier 1 Imports in a research report on Saturday, September 30th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Pier 1 Imports from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, September 30th. Loop Capital set a $4.00 target price on Pier 1 Imports and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. ValuEngine raised Pier 1 Imports from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group cut their target price on Pier 1 Imports from $4.00 to $3.50 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $4.78.

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Pier 1 Imports Company Profile

Pier 1 Imports, Inc is an importer of home decor and furniture. The Company’s operations consist of retail stores and an e-commerce Website conducting business under the name Pier 1 Imports, which sells a range of decorative accessories, furniture, candles, housewares, gifts and seasonal products. The Company’s categories of merchandise include decorative accessories and furniture.

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