News coverage about General Finance (NASDAQ:GFN) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. General Finance earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.1972971590618 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
GFN has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of General Finance from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. TheStreet upgraded shares of General Finance from a “d” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Oppenheimer restated a “hold” rating on shares of General Finance in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of General Finance from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $9.20.
Shares of General Finance (GFN) traded up $0.05 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $6.40. 12,065 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 10,616. General Finance has a 1-year low of $4.47 and a 1-year high of $6.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.93, a current ratio of 1.58 and a quick ratio of 1.05.
In other General Finance news, Director Larry D. Tashjian acquired 5,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 26th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $4.95 per share, for a total transaction of $25,740.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Ronald Valenta purchased 12,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, September 22nd. The shares were purchased at an average price of $5.04 per share, with a total value of $60,480.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders purchased 33,602 shares of company stock valued at $167,501. 25.90% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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General Finance Company Profile
General Finance Corporation is a specialty rental services company. The Company offers a range of portable storage units, including its core 20-feet and 40-feet steel containers, office container, mobile office and modular space products and steel tanks. It has two geographic areas that include its four operating segments: the Asia-Pacific area, consisting of the leasing operations of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited and its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries (Royal Wolf), and North America, consisting of the combined leasing operations of Pac-Van, Inc and its Canadian subsidiary, PV Acquisition Corp.
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