News coverage about Vector Group (NYSE:VGR) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Vector Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 47.0593522656997 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

VGR has been the subject of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Vector Group from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. BidaskClub cut shares of Vector Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of Vector Group from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th.

Vector Group (NYSE VGR) traded down 0.09% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $21.12. 657,376 shares of the stock traded hands. The company has a market cap of $2.72 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 57.08 and a beta of 0.46. Vector Group has a 52-week low of $19.63 and a 52-week high of $23.24. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $21.01 and its 200-day moving average is $21.44.

Vector Group (NYSE:VGR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, August 4th. The company reported $0.25 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.07. Vector Group had a net margin of 2.86% and a negative return on equity of 36.72%. The company had revenue of $472 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $449.40 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.20 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Vector Group will post $0.67 EPS for the current year.

In related news, insider Howard M. Lorber sold 226,834 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.36, for a total value of $4,845,174.24. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 436,665 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,327,164.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 12.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Vector Group

Vector Group Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States through its Liggett Group LLC (Liggett) and Vector Tobacco Inc (Vector Tobacco) subsidiaries, and the real estate business through its New Valley LLC subsidiary, which is seeking to acquire or invest in additional real estate properties or projects.

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