Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Carnival (CUK) Stock Price

Media stories about Carnival (NYSE:CUK) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty 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. Carnival earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.6322016711306 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Separately, ValuEngine downgraded Carnival from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 20th.

NYSE:CUK traded down $0.85 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $64.75. 490,293 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 315,909. Carnival has a 12-month low of $56.79 and a 12-month high of $72.29. The company has a market cap of $13,555.09, a PE ratio of 16.95 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 0.19 and a quick ratio of 0.14.

Carnival (NYSE:CUK) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 22nd. The company reported $0.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.39 by $0.13. Carnival had a return on equity of 11.97% and a net margin of 14.73%. The company had revenue of $4.23 billion for the quarter. analysts expect that Carnival will post 4.3 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 16th. Investors of record on Friday, February 23rd were issued a dividend of $0.45 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a $1.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.78%. Carnival’s dividend payout ratio is presently 47.12%.

In other Carnival news, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 8,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.66, for a total transaction of $573,280.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 102,150 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,320,069. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 16,226 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.11, for a total value of $1,121,378.86. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 99,351 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,866,147.61. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 88,346 shares of company stock worth $6,073,457 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 0.03% of the company’s stock.

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About Carnival

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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