Media stories about Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Wyndham Worldwide earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.1037633126207 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Wyndham Worldwide Co. (WYN) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
- Hoseasons base ‘should remain in region’ if Airbnb takeover goes ahead (edp24.co.uk)
- Airbnb to make a £700m takeover bid for portfolio of holiday companies including Hoseasons (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Airbnb looks set to takeover Lowestoft-based Hoseasons as part of $1bn deal (edp24.co.uk)
- Airbnb eyes UK travel agents, including Hoseasons, in $1bn swoop – The Times (thetimes.co.uk)
Separately, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Wyndham Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $108.29.
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $2.03 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.02 by $0.01. Wyndham Worldwide had a net margin of 10.20% and a return on equity of 97.31%. The firm had revenue of $1.63 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.67 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.89 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Wyndham Worldwide will post 6.04 earnings per share for the current year.
Wyndham Worldwide announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Wednesday, October 25th that allows the company to buyback $1.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are generally an indication that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 11th. Investors of record on Monday, November 27th were paid a dividend of $0.58 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 24th. This represents a $2.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.06%. Wyndham Worldwide’s dividend payout ratio is presently 41.58%.
In related news, Director George Herrera sold 311 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $105.82, for a total transaction of $32,910.02. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. 2.39% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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About Wyndham Worldwide
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is a hospitality company. The Company offers a range of hospitality services and products through its global portfolio of brands. The Company operates through three segments: Wyndham Hotel Group, Wyndham Destination Network and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The Company’s brands include Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Wingate by Wyndham, Microtel Inns & Suites by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, RCI, Landal GreenParks, Novasol, Hoseasons, cottages.com, James Villa Holidays, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Shell Vacations Club and WorldMark by Wyndham.
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