Rite Aid (RAD) Earns Media Impact Rating of 0.08

Media headlines about Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Rite Aid earned a coverage optimism score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 44.3868059690542 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) opened at $1.90 on Monday. Rite Aid has a fifty-two week low of $1.38 and a fifty-two week high of $8.77. The company has a current ratio of 1.74, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.71.

Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, September 28th. The company reported ($0.01) EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.01). The company had revenue of $7.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $7.83 billion. Rite Aid had a negative return on equity of 7.51% and a net margin of 0.28%. The business’s revenue was down 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.03 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that Rite Aid will post -0.1 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on RAD. Royal Bank Of Canada began coverage on Rite Aid in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $2.50 price objective for the company. Loop Capital reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $2.00 price objective (down from $2.50) on shares of Rite Aid in a report on Friday, September 29th. Guggenheim reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $2.00 price objective on shares of Rite Aid in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Rite Aid from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Deutsche Bank began coverage on Rite Aid in a report on Monday, December 4th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $2.25 price objective for the company. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $3.25.

In other news, Director Myrtle S. Potter sold 28,189 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.09, for a total transaction of $58,915.01. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 2.29% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corporation is a retail drugstore chain. The Company’s segments include Retail Pharmacy and Pharmacy Services. The Company operates under The Rite Aid name. It operates approximately 4,560 stores in over 30 states across the country and in the District of Columbia. The Company’s Retail Pharmacy segment consists of Rite Aid stores, RediClinic and Health Dialog.

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