Shire (SHPG) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Shows

Press coverage about Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative 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. Shire earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the biopharmaceutical company an impact score of 45.0571047388142 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Shire (NASDAQ SHPG) traded up $0.67 on Thursday, hitting $143.36. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 925,268 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,137,182. The firm has a market capitalization of $43,423.72, a PE ratio of 9.94, a PEG ratio of 0.80 and a beta of 1.59. Shire has a 12 month low of $137.17 and a 12 month high of $192.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.55, a quick ratio of 0.52 and a current ratio of 0.98.

Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 27th. The biopharmaceutical company reported $3.81 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.64 by $0.17. The company had revenue of $3.70 billion for the quarter. Shire had a return on equity of 14.41% and a net margin of 10.95%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $3.17 EPS. analysts predict that Shire will post 15 EPS for the current year.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $222.00 target price on shares of Shire in a report on Thursday, September 14th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $206.00 target price (down previously from $216.00) on shares of Shire in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $213.00 target price on shares of Shire in a report on Monday, October 2nd. ValuEngine cut Shire from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $245.00 target price on shares of Shire in a report on Sunday, October 8th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Shire has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $212.18.

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About Shire

Shire plc is a biotech company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other specialized conditions. The Company’s segment is engaged in research, development, licensing, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of specialist medicines. It focuses its development resources on projects in various therapeutic areas (TAs), including Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Hematology, Oncology, Immunology, Gastrointestinal (GI)/Metabolic/Endocrinology Diseases.

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