Media coverage about Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Twitter earned a media sentiment score of 0.79 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media coverage about the social networking company an news buzz score of 5 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Twitter’s score:

Shares of TWTR stock opened at $32.87 on Monday. Twitter has a twelve month low of $22.04 and a twelve month high of $47.79. The company has a market capitalization of $24.55 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 547.83, a P/E/G ratio of 2.91 and a beta of 0.24. The company has a current ratio of 4.61, a quick ratio of 4.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27.

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 25th. The social networking company reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.04 by $0.17. Twitter had a return on equity of 6.75% and a net margin of 36.35%. The company had revenue of $758.11 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $703.57 million. On average, equities analysts expect that Twitter will post 0.46 EPS for the current year.

Several research firms recently issued reports on TWTR. ValuEngine raised Twitter from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 31st. Zacks Investment Research reissued a “strong-buy” rating and set a $37.00 target price on shares of Twitter in a research note on Saturday, November 17th. Aegis increased their target price on Twitter from $40.00 to $41.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 29th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 target price on shares of Twitter in a research note on Thursday. Finally, Oppenheimer raised Twitter from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $37.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 26th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating, fourteen have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $35.77.

In related news, VP Michael Montano sold 1,250 shares of Twitter stock in a transaction on Monday, October 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.05, for a total transaction of $36,312.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Evan Clark Williams sold 24,643 shares of Twitter stock in a transaction on Friday, December 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.81, for a total value of $685,321.83. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,244,108 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $34,598,643.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 7,086,486 shares of company stock worth $224,660,057 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 6.62% of the company’s stock.

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Twitter Company Profile

Twitter, Inc operates as a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. The company offers various products and services, including Twitter that allows users to consume, create, distribute, and discover content; and Periscope, a mobile application that enables user to broadcast and watch video live with others.

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