News stories about Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Pool earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.0939540547427 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
Several research firms recently issued reports on POOL. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Pool from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday. Robert W. Baird upped their price objective on shares of Pool from $125.00 to $131.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $127.25.
Pool (POOL) traded down $0.31 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $131.21. 111,467 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 160,588. The firm has a market cap of $5,270.31, a PE ratio of 34.26 and a beta of 0.96. Pool has a 1 year low of $97.25 and a 1 year high of $133.06. The company has a current ratio of 2.61, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.64.
Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The specialty retailer reported $1.16 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.14 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $743.40 million during the quarter. Pool had a net margin of 6.19% and a return on equity of 69.28%. Pool’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.03 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Pool will post 4.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In other news, Director Harlan F. Seymour sold 15,502 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $118.87, for a total value of $1,842,722.74. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 15,995 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,901,325.65. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Robert C. Sledd sold 7,200 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $131.02, for a total transaction of $943,344.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 23,814 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,120,110.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 70,330 shares of company stock valued at $8,536,195. Corporate insiders own 7.00% of the company’s stock.
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Pool Company Profile
Pool Corporation is a distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. The Company is a distributor of irrigation and landscape products in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 344 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through its four distribution networks, including SCP Distributors (SCP), Superior Pool Products (Superior), Horizon Distributors (Horizon) and National Pool Tile (NPT).
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