Media coverage about Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Graphic Packaging earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.263589555888 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
GPK has been the topic of several recent research reports. Stephens initiated coverage on shares of Graphic Packaging in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $17.00 target price on the stock. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $15.50 target price on shares of Graphic Packaging in a report on Friday, September 1st. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Graphic Packaging in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Graphic Packaging from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Robert W. Baird increased their target price on shares of Graphic Packaging from $16.00 to $18.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $16.26.
Shares of Graphic Packaging (GPK) traded up $0.04 on Monday, reaching $15.44. 1,756,359 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,907,484. The stock has a market cap of $4,769.59, a PE ratio of 25.25, a P/E/G ratio of 4.71 and a beta of 1.19. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 1.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96. Graphic Packaging has a fifty-two week low of $12.00 and a fifty-two week high of $15.85.
Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) last announced its quarterly earnings results 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. Graphic Packaging had a net margin of 3.70% and a return on equity of 17.27%. The business had revenue of $1.14 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.11 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.20 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Graphic Packaging will post 0.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a $0.075 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.94%. Graphic Packaging’s dividend 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 shares were sold at an average price of $15.51, for a total value of $593,505.66. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 77,139 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,196,425.89. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.02% of the company’s stock.
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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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