PulteGroup (PHM) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Shows

News headlines about PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. PulteGroup earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the construction company an impact score of 46.4531831426783 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

Shares of PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM) opened at 26.97 on Thursday. PulteGroup has a one year low of $17.69 and a one year high of $27.76. The firm has a market capitalization of $8.14 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.93 and a beta of 1.06. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $26.23 and its 200 day moving average is $24.47.

PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The construction company reported $0.47 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.02. PulteGroup had a return on equity of 13.43% and a net margin of 7.35%. The business had revenue of $2.02 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.03 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.37 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that PulteGroup will post $2.07 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, October 3rd. Investors of record on Tuesday, September 19th were issued a $0.09 dividend. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, September 18th. PulteGroup’s payout ratio is presently 20.00%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on PHM shares. FBR & Co reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $28.00 target price (up previously from $26.00) on shares of PulteGroup in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of PulteGroup from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. MKM Partners reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of PulteGroup in a research report on Tuesday, September 5th. Wedbush reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $22.00 price target on shares of PulteGroup in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $28.00 price target on shares of PulteGroup in a research report on Monday, September 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $25.45.

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PulteGroup Company Profile

PulteGroup, Inc is a homebuilder in the United States. The Company’s segments include Homebuilding and Financial Services. Its Homebuilding operations are engaged in the acquisition and development of land primarily for residential purposes within the United States and the construction of housing on such land.

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