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

Media coverage about Carnival (NYSE:CUK) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Carnival earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.0835341196536 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of CUK stock traded up $0.14 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $66.17. The company had a trading volume of 161,487 shares, compared to its average volume of 289,779. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.14 and a current ratio of 0.19. Carnival has a twelve month low of $62.40 and a twelve month high of $72.29. The firm has a market cap of $13.69 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.32 and a beta of 0.83.

Carnival (NYSE:CUK) last posted its 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 business had revenue of $4.23 billion during the quarter. equities research analysts predict that Carnival will post 4.3 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 15th. Investors of record on Friday, May 25th will be issued a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 24th. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.02%. This is an increase from Carnival’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.45. Carnival’s dividend payout ratio is currently 52.36%.

Separately, ValuEngine lowered Carnival from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 20th.

In related news, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.00, for a total value of $204,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 132,376 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,001,568. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.41, for a total value of $332,050.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 132,376 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,791,090.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 25,000 shares of company stock valued at $1,623,520 in the last three months. 0.03% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Carnival Company Profile

Carnival plc operates as a leisure travel and cruise company. It offers cruises under the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn brands in North America; and Costa, AIDA, P&O Cruises (UK), Cunard, and P&O Cruises (Australia) brands in Europe, Australia, and Asia.

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