Graphic Packaging Holding (GPK) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Graphic Packaging Holding (NYSE:GPK) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Graphic Packaging Holding earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the industrial products company an impact score of 55 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Several research firms recently weighed in on GPK. BidaskClub lowered Graphic Packaging Holding from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research lowered Graphic Packaging Holding from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $15.00 target price (up from $14.00) on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding in a research report on Friday, July 14th. DA Davidson initiated coverage on Graphic Packaging Holding in a research report on Monday, July 10th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $17.50 target price on the stock. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $15.50 target price on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding in a research report on Friday, June 23rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Graphic Packaging Holding has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $15.73.

Shares of Graphic Packaging Holding (NYSE:GPK) traded up 0.61% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $13.24. The company had a trading volume of 2,427,157 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $4.10 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.56 and a beta of 1.14. Graphic Packaging Holding has a 12 month low of $12.00 and a 12 month high of $14.70. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $13.53 and its 200 day moving average is $13.32.

Graphic Packaging Holding (NYSE:GPK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The industrial products company reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15. Graphic Packaging Holding had a net margin of 3.98% and a return on equity of 18.22%. The business had revenue of $1.09 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.09 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.19 EPS. Graphic Packaging Holding’s revenue was down .8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Graphic Packaging Holding will post $0.68 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 5th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a $0.075 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.27%. Graphic Packaging Holding’s dividend payout ratio is 54.55%.

In related news, Director G Andrea Botta sold 10,982 shares of Graphic Packaging Holding stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.45, for a total value of $147,707.90. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 1.02% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Graphic Packaging Holding 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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