Hill-Rom Holdings (HRC) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

News headlines about Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE:HRC) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hill-Rom Holdings earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the medical technology company an impact score of 45.9392892238284 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE:HRC) traded down $1.79 on Friday, hitting $76.18. The company had a trading volume of 621,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 511,700. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.55, a current ratio of 1.77 and a quick ratio of 1.34. Hill-Rom Holdings has a 1-year low of $52.58 and a 1-year high of $84.65. The firm has a market cap of $5,136.72, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.20, a PEG ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 1.19.

Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE:HRC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The medical technology company reported $1.32 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.27 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $738.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $731.10 million. Hill-Rom Holdings had a return on equity of 20.27% and a net margin of 4.87%. The business’s revenue was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.18 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Hill-Rom Holdings will post 4.26 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a $0.18 dividend. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.95%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. Hill-Rom Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 36.18%.

Several equities analysts have commented on HRC shares. BidaskClub cut shares of Hill-Rom Holdings from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hill-Rom Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $84.00 price objective on shares of Hill-Rom Holdings in a research report on Sunday, July 30th. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $86.00 target price on shares of Hill-Rom Holdings and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Finally, KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $82.00 price target on shares of Hill-Rom Holdings in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $88.57.

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In other Hill-Rom Holdings news, SVP Andreas G. Frank sold 6,870 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.48, for a total value of $532,287.60. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 16,701 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,293,993.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Andreas G. Frank sold 3,940 shares of Hill-Rom Holdings stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $77.84, for a total value of $306,689.60. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 16,701 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,300,005.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

Hill-Rom Holdings Company Profile

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc is a global medical technology company. The Company operates through four segments: North America Patient Support Systems, International Patient Support Systems, Front Line Care and Surgical Solutions. The Company’s products and services include Patient Support Systems, Front Line Care and Surgical Solutions.

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