News headlines about Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Graphic Packaging earned a daily sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the industrial products company an impact score of 44.8908425332365 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
Several analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Graphic Packaging from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $18.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, January 8th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Graphic Packaging in a research report on Sunday, October 29th. BMO Capital Markets raised their target price 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 lifted their price objective 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 assumed coverage on Graphic Packaging in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $17.00 price objective for the company. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $16.48.
Graphic Packaging (GPK) traded up $0.10 on Friday, reaching $16.35. The company had a trading volume of 2,735,343 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,217,965. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,063.82, a PE ratio of 31.44, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.74 and a beta of 1.19. Graphic Packaging has a 52-week low of $12.00 and a 52-week high of $16.74. The company has a current ratio of 1.50, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96.
Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The industrial products company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18. The firm had revenue of $1.14 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.11 billion. Graphic Packaging had a return on equity of 17.27% and a net margin of 3.70%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.20 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Graphic Packaging will post 0.65 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 5th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th were given a dividend of $0.075 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.83%. Graphic Packaging’s payout ratio is 57.69%.
In other Graphic Packaging news, VP Deborah R. Frank sold 38,266 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.51, for a total transaction of $593,505.66. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 77,139 shares in the company, valued at $1,196,425.89. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. 1.02% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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About Graphic Packaging
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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