Pool (POOL) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Shows
News coverage about Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Pool earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.9288865368506 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Mosquito Joe Celebrates 55 New Territory Signings in 2017 and Carries Momentum into the New Year (prweb.com)
- Drunk Kit Harington just wants to play pool as he kicked out of New York bar (metro.co.uk)
- Jon Snow rises from the dead! Kit Harington joins Game of Thrones co-star Emilia Clarke at Sean Penn charity bash in Hollywood, just one day after being booted out of NYC bar … (dailymail.co.uk)
- How Kiddie Pools of Kimchi Bind Korean Families Together (atlasobscura.com)
- Looming Dark-Pool Caps Mean MiFID Has Yet to Hit Stock Markets (bloombergquint.com)
A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on POOL. Sidoti upgraded Pool from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $119.00 to $131.00 in a research report on Friday, September 15th. BidaskClub cut Pool from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 15th. Finally, Robert W. Baird increased their price target on Pool from $125.00 to $131.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $127.25.
Shares of Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) traded down $0.72 during trading on Monday, hitting $131.48. The stock had a trading volume of 161,594 shares, compared to its average volume of 174,380. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.64, a current ratio of 2.61 and a quick ratio of 1.03. The firm has a market cap of $5,310.05, a PE ratio of 33.29 and a beta of 0.96. Pool has a fifty-two week low of $97.25 and a fifty-two week high of $133.06.
Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The specialty retailer reported $1.16 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.14 by $0.02. Pool had a return on equity of 69.28% and a net margin of 6.19%. The firm had revenue of $743.40 million for the quarter. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.03 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Pool will post 4.07 EPS for the current year.
In related news, Director Harlan F. Seymour sold 15,502 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $118.87, for a total value of $1,842,722.74. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 15,995 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,901,325.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert C. Sledd sold 7,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $131.02, for a total value of $943,344.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 23,814 shares in the company, valued at $3,120,110.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 70,330 shares of company stock worth $8,536,195. 7.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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Pool Corporation is a distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. The Company is a distributor of irrigation and landscape products in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 344 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through its four distribution networks, including SCP Distributors (SCP), Superior Pool Products (Superior), Horizon Distributors (Horizon) and National Pool Tile (NPT).
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