News stories about Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Graphic Packaging earned a news sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 45.8569986570426 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
GPK has been the topic of several research analyst reports. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $15.50 price objective on shares of Graphic Packaging in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Graphic Packaging from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Stephens initiated coverage on Graphic Packaging in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $17.00 price objective on the stock. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Graphic Packaging in a research note on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, DA Davidson reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $16.50 price objective (down previously from $17.50) on shares of Graphic Packaging in a research note on Monday, August 21st. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Graphic Packaging currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $16.26.
Shares of Graphic Packaging (GPK) traded up $0.01 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $15.36. The stock had a trading volume of 1,762,922 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,929,019. The company has a market cap of $4,788.18, a PE ratio of 25.34, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.73 and a beta of 1.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96, a current ratio of 1.50 and a quick ratio of 0.74. Graphic Packaging has a 12 month low of $12.00 and a 12 month high of $15.85.
Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The industrial products company reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18. The company had revenue of $1.14 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.11 billion. Graphic Packaging had a return on equity of 17.27% and a net margin of 3.70%. Graphic Packaging’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.20 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Graphic Packaging will post 0.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a $0.075 dividend. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.95%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. Graphic Packaging’s payout ratio is 57.69%.
In other news, VP Deborah R. Frank sold 38,266 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.51, for a total value of $593,505.66. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 77,139 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,196,425.89. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 1.02% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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Graphic Packaging Company Profile
Graphic Packaging Holding Company is a provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a range of products to food, beverage and other consumer product companies. The Company’s segments include Paperboard Mills, Americas Paperboard Packaging, Europe Paperboard Packaging, and Corporate and Other. The Paperboard Mills segment includes the Company’s North American paperboard mills, which produce primarily coated unbleached kraft and coated recycled board.
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