Media headlines about Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media 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. Herbalife earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 45.9036695831557 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
A number of research analysts recently commented on HLF shares. Pivotal Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $120.00 target price on shares of Herbalife in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Herbalife from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. ValuEngine raised shares of Herbalife from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $67.00 target price on shares of Herbalife in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Herbalife presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $83.25.
Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) traded down $0.10 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $83.72. 776,965 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,150,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.94, a current ratio of 2.65 and a quick ratio of 2.24. The stock has a market cap of $7,300.00, a P/E ratio of 18.98 and a beta of 1.37. Herbalife has a 1 year low of $50.70 and a 1 year high of $84.96.
In related news, EVP Mark J. Schissel sold 1,712 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.00, for a total value of $143,808.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Shin-Shing Bosco Chiu sold 3,022 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.50, for a total transaction of $252,337.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 10,000 shares in the company, valued at $835,000. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 39,913 shares of company stock worth $2,944,895 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 4.95% of the company’s stock.
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Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company. The Company develops and sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, as well as personal care products. Its operating segments are based on geographical operations in six regions: North America; Mexico; South and Central America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and China.
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