News stories about National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. National CineMedia earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 47.2798059004655 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of National CineMedia from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, May 18th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of National CineMedia from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 11th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of National CineMedia from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. B. Riley upped their price objective on shares of National CineMedia to $7.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 8th. Finally, MKM Partners upped their price objective on shares of National CineMedia to $9.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 7th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $8.50.

NCMI traded up $0.14 during trading on Monday, reaching $8.97. 31,645 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 708,690. National CineMedia has a one year low of $5.09 and a one year high of $9.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -9.88, a current ratio of 2.12 and a quick ratio of 2.12. The firm has a market capitalization of $684.10 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.43 and a beta of 0.55.

National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI) last posted its earnings results on Monday, August 6th. The business services provider reported $0.05 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.08 by ($0.03). National CineMedia had a negative return on equity of 50.95% and a net margin of 1.40%. The business had revenue of $113.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $108.48 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.09 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 17.1% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that National CineMedia will post 0.37 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 16th will be issued a dividend of $0.17 per share. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.58%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 15th. National CineMedia’s payout ratio is 170.00%.

In other National CineMedia news, major shareholder General L.P. Standard bought 46,439 shares of National CineMedia stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 9th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $8.55 per share, with a total value of $397,053.45. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, major shareholder Amc Starplex, Llc sold 1,000,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $7.23, for a total transaction of $7,230,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have acquired a total of 555,978 shares of company stock worth $4,394,271 over the last three months. Insiders own 2.30% of the company’s stock.

About National CineMedia

National CineMedia, Inc, through its subsidiary, National CineMedia, LLC, operates an in-theatre digital media network in North America. The company produces and distributes various versions of Noovie, a cinema advertising and entertainment pre-show on movie screens; sells advertising on its lobby entertainment network; and other forms of advertising and promotions in theatre lobbies.

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