ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds

Media headlines about ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty 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. ManpowerGroup earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.4811633499778 out of 100, meaning 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 headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on MAN shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ManpowerGroup from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $138.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $134.00 target price on shares of ManpowerGroup in a report on Friday, October 13th. Nomura upped their target price on shares of ManpowerGroup from $127.00 to $134.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Argus upped their target price on shares of ManpowerGroup from $118.00 to $135.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $107.00 target price on shares of ManpowerGroup in a report on Friday, October 20th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $125.25.

Shares of ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) traded down $0.15 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $129.75. 279,459 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 345,780. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17, a current ratio of 1.29 and a quick ratio of 1.29. The stock has a market cap of $8,600.00, a PE ratio of 19.34 and a beta of 1.45. ManpowerGroup has a 52-week low of $90.57 and a 52-week high of $131.99.

ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) last announced its earnings results on Friday, October 20th. The business services provider reported $2.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.96 by $0.08. ManpowerGroup had a net margin of 2.24% and a return on equity of 17.80%. The firm had revenue of $5.47 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.41 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.87 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 7.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that ManpowerGroup will post 6.9 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were given a $0.93 dividend. This is a positive change from ManpowerGroup’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.86. This represents a $3.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.87%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. ManpowerGroup’s dividend payout ratio is 27.72%.

In other news, SVP Richard Buchband sold 2,059 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $126.48, for a total transaction of $260,422.32. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Edward J. Zore sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $127.00, for a total transaction of $1,270,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 29,876 shares in the company, valued at $3,794,252. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 30,015 shares of company stock worth $3,762,970 over the last three months. 0.87% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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ManpowerGroup Company Profile

ManpowerGroup Inc is a provider of workforce solutions and services. The Company’s segments include Americas, Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Asia Pacific Middle East (APME), Right Management and Corporate. The Company’s Americas segment includes operations in the United States and Other Americas. Its Southern Europe segment includes operations in France, Italy and Other Southern Europe.

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