News stories about Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Graphic Packaging earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 45.3925205858008 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
Shares of Graphic Packaging (GPK) opened at $16.35 on Friday. Graphic Packaging has a 1-year low of $12.00 and a 1-year high of $16.74. The company has a market cap of $5,032.85, a PE ratio of 31.44, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.71 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 (NYSE:GPK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The industrial products company reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18. Graphic Packaging had a net margin of 3.70% and a return on equity of 17.27%. The company had revenue of $1.14 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.11 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.20 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that Graphic Packaging will post 0.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 5th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th were given a $0.075 dividend. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.83%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. Graphic Packaging’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 57.69%.
Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Graphic Packaging from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $18.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, January 8th. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Graphic Packaging in a research report on Sunday, October 29th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on Graphic Packaging from $15.50 to $17.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Robert W. Baird raised their price target on Graphic Packaging from $16.00 to $18.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Stephens started coverage on Graphic Packaging in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $17.00 price target on the stock. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $16.48.
In other news, VP Deborah R. Frank sold 38,266 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, October 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.51, for a total transaction of $593,505.66. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 77,139 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,196,425.89. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. 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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