Media stories about Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Twitter earned a news impact score of 0.85 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news articles about the social networking company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

NYSE TWTR opened at $32.56 on Thursday. Twitter has a 52-week low of $20.30 and a 52-week high of $47.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27, a current ratio of 4.61 and a quick ratio of 4.61. The company has a market cap of $23.94 billion, a P/E ratio of 542.67, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.26 and a beta of 0.29.

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 25th. The social networking company reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by $0.17. Twitter had a return on equity of 6.75% and a net margin of 36.35%. The business had revenue of $758.11 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $703.57 million. As a group, sell-side analysts expect that Twitter will post 0.47 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Deutsche Bank cut their target price on shares of Twitter from $33.00 to $29.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 23rd. Moffett Nathanson cut their target price on shares of Twitter from $23.00 to $21.00 and set a “sell” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, September 17th. Aegis upped their target price on shares of Twitter from $40.00 to $41.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Twitter from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Finally, Pivotal Research reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $28.00 price target on shares of Twitter in a research report on Thursday, October 25th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have given a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.77.

In other news, Director Evan Clark Williams sold 1,166,667 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.36, for a total transaction of $37,753,344.12. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,340,394 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $43,375,149.84. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Michael Montano sold 1,250 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.20, for a total transaction of $37,750.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 7,736,093 shares of company stock valued at $238,552,498. 6.62% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Twitter

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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