Media headlines about United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United States Steel Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 85 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Vetr upgraded shares of United States Steel Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $38.76 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, March 27th. J P Morgan Chase & Co restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $46.00 target price (up previously from $39.00) on shares of United States Steel Corporation in a report on Wednesday, March 22nd. Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of United States Steel Corporation from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $13.68 to $30.00 in a report on Wednesday, May 24th. Deutsche Bank AG upped their target price on shares of United States Steel Corporation from $40.00 to $45.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. Finally, Morgan Stanley restated a “buy” rating and issued a $34.00 target price (down previously from $48.00) on shares of United States Steel Corporation in a report on Monday, May 1st. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. United States Steel Corporation has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $29.44.

Shares of United States Steel Corporation (X) opened at 21.57 on Wednesday. The stock’s market cap is $3.77 billion. United States Steel Corporation has a 52 week low of $14.80 and a 52 week high of $41.83. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $20.67 and its 200 day moving average is $30.88. United States Steel Corporation also was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Monday. Stock investors purchased 5,909 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 145% compared to the typical daily volume of 2,407 put options.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The basic materials company reported ($0.83) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.35 by $1.18. The firm had revenue of $2.73 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.91 billion. United States Steel Corporation had a negative return on equity of 3.48% and a negative net margin of 2.63%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 16.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($2.15) EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that United States Steel Corporation will post $1.06 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 9th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 10th were paid a $0.05 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Monday, May 8th. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.93%. United States Steel Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is presently -12.20%.

In related news, Director Paul Anthony Mascarenas acquired 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 18th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $19.31 per share, with a total value of $28,965.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 12,377 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $238,999.87. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director David Sutherland acquired 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 12th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $19.96 per share, with a total value of $199,600.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 98,919 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,974,423.24. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders bought 14,000 shares of company stock worth $278,415. Insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

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About United States Steel Corporation

United States Steel Corporation is an integrated steel producer. The Company is engaged in producing flat-rolled and tubular products with production operations in North America and Europe. The Company operates through three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE) and Tubular Products (Tubular).

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