Press coverage about Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sealed Air earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.3838296503143 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) traded up $1.27 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $43.11. The company had a trading volume of 5,219,780 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,952,115. Sealed Air has a 52-week low of $40.76 and a 52-week high of $49.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 21.21, a current ratio of 1.35 and a quick ratio of 0.99. The company has a market cap of $7,002.97, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.29, a P/E/G ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 1.19.

Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The industrial products company reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.01. Sealed Air had a return on equity of 74.28% and a net margin of 17.90%. The firm had revenue of $1.23 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.19 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.50 EPS. Sealed Air’s quarterly revenue was up 11.5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Sealed Air will post 2.41 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.16 per share. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.48%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 1st. Sealed Air’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 15.27%.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on SEE. Zacks Investment Research raised Sealed Air from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Vertical Research raised Sealed Air from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price objective on Sealed Air from $52.00 to $50.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, February 12th. TheStreet lowered Sealed Air from a “b” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. Finally, Bank of America set a $59.00 price target on Sealed Air and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $50.31.

In other Sealed Air news, CFO William G. Stiehl sold 3,000 shares of Sealed Air stock in a transaction on Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.98, for a total transaction of $146,940.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 34,797 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,704,357.06. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 1.05% of the company’s stock.

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Sealed Air Company Profile

Sealed Air Corporation is engaged in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection business. The Company’s segments are Food Care (includes Corporate, Medical Applications and New Ventures businesses), Product Care and Corporate. The Food Care segment focuses on providing a range of integrated system solutions.

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