Media stories about Carnival (NYSE:CUK) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Carnival earned a media sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 47.3793739193325 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Shares of Carnival (NYSE CUK) traded up $0.79 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $70.01. The stock had a trading volume of 305,158 shares, compared to its average volume of 285,368. The stock has a market cap of $14,535.72, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.50 and a beta of 0.70. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a current ratio of 0.21 and a quick ratio of 0.16. Carnival has a fifty-two week low of $51.44 and a fifty-two week high of $70.56.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 24th were paid a dividend of $0.45 per share. This is a positive change from Carnival’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.40. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 22nd. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.57%. Carnival’s payout ratio is 50.14%.
In other news, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 90,903 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.41, for a total transaction of $6,127,771.23. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, General Counsel Arnaldo Perez sold 15,166 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.59, for a total value of $1,009,903.94. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 321,880 shares of company stock worth $21,519,627 in the last three months. Corporate insiders own 0.04% of the company’s stock.
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Carnival Company Profile
Carnival plc is a leisure travel company. The Company’s segments include North America, and Europe, Australia & Asia (EAA). Its North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises (Princess), Holland America Line and Seabourn. Its EAA segment includes Costa Cruises (Costa), AIDA Cruises (AIDA), P&O Cruises (the United Kingdom), P&O Cruises (Australia) and Cunard.
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