Media headlines about Carnival (NYSE:CCL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Carnival earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 46.4401992919772 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) traded up $0.77 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $65.95. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 5,245,956 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,607,432. Carnival has a one year low of $50.77 and a one year high of $69.89. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a quick ratio of 0.16 and a current ratio of 0.21. The firm has a market capitalization of $34,925.79, a P/E ratio of 16.89, a PEG ratio of 1.16 and a beta of 0.73.

Carnival (NYSE:CCL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, September 26th. The company reported $2.29 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.20 by $0.09. Carnival had a return on equity of 12.15% and a net margin of 15.53%. The company had revenue of $5.52 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.39 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.92 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts expect that Carnival will post 3.7 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 24th were issued a dividend of $0.45 per share. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.73%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 22nd. This is an increase from Carnival’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.40. Carnival’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 43.72%.

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on CCL. Deutsche Bank reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $61.00 price target (down from $62.00) on shares of Carnival in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Carnival from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 30th. Argus reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $67.00 price target (down from $78.00) on shares of Carnival in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Morgan Stanley raised shares of Carnival from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $65.94 to $68.00 in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $79.00 price target (up from $74.00) on shares of Carnival in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $68.83.

In other news, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.43, for a total value of $327,150.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 115,572 shares in the company, valued at $7,561,875.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 100,903 shares of company stock worth $6,782,771. 23.80% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Carnival

Carnival Corporation is a leisure travel company. The Company is a cruise company of global cruise guests, and a provider of vacations to all cruise destinations throughout the world. The Company operates in four segments: North America, EAA, Cruise Support and, Tour and Other. The Company’s North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises (Princess) and Seabourn.

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