Media coverage about Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) has trended positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ship Finance International earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the shipping company an impact score of 46.8252332771562 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.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on SFL shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Ship Finance International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, November 4th. Clarkson Capital raised Ship Finance International from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group started coverage on Ship Finance International in a research note on Monday, December 18th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $15.00 target price on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $16.00.

Shares of Ship Finance International (NYSE SFL) opened at $15.50 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.82, a current ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13. Ship Finance International has a 12 month low of $12.30 and a 12 month high of $16.10. The company has a market capitalization of $1,570.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.66 and a beta of 1.41.

Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 22nd. The shipping company reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.04. Ship Finance International had a return on equity of 11.02% and a net margin of 28.66%. The company had revenue of $93.67 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $97.50 million. equities research analysts anticipate that Ship Finance International will post 1.24 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Monday, December 11th were given a dividend of $0.35 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 8th. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 9.03%. Ship Finance International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 141.41%.

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About Ship Finance International

Ship Finance International Limited is a holding, and international ship owning and chartering company. The Company is engaged in the ownership and operation of vessels and offshore related assets, and also involved in the charter, purchase and sale of assets. Its assets consist of approximately 20 oil tankers, over 20 dry bulk carriers, approximately 20 container vessels, including a newbuilding, two car carriers, two jack-up drilling rigs, two ultra-deepwater drilling units, five offshore supply vessels, two chemical tankers and two newbuilding oil product tankers.

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