Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect S&P Global (SPGI) Share Price

Media coverage about S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of media 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 positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. S&P Global earned a daily sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 44.9622229455477 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Several equities research analysts have commented on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on shares of S&P Global in a research report on Tuesday. They set a “hold” rating and a $186.00 target price on the stock. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and set a $177.00 target price on shares of S&P Global in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of S&P Global from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $175.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, September 21st. BidaskClub lowered shares of S&P Global from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company boosted their price objective on shares of S&P Global from $159.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. S&P Global currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $170.17.

S&P Global (SPGI) traded down $0.95 during trading on Friday, hitting $167.83. 874,593 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,102,716. S&P Global has a 1-year low of $107.21 and a 1-year high of $174.07. The company has a quick ratio of 1.52, a current ratio of 1.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.00. The stock has a market cap of $43,038.90, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.64, a PEG ratio of 2.03 and a beta of 1.51.

S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $1.71 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.52 by $0.19. S&P Global had a net margin of 30.15% and a return on equity of 187.30%. The business had revenue of $1.51 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.45 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.43 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that S&P Global will post 6.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 28th were issued a $0.41 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 27th. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.98%. S&P Global’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 24.08%.

In other S&P Global news, EVP Courtney Geduldig sold 1,404 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $159.38, for a total value of $223,769.52. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 1,259 shares in the company, valued at approximately $200,659.42. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Douglas L. Peterson sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $157.79, for a total transaction of $631,160.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 140,743 shares in the company, valued at $22,207,837.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 7,000 shares of company stock worth $1,104,704. 0.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About S&P Global

S&P Global Inc, formerly McGraw Hill Financial Inc, is a provider of ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Ratings, which provides credit ratings, research and analytics to investors, issuers and other market participants; Market and Commodities Intelligence, which offers multi-asset-class data, research and analytical capabilities that integrate cross-asset analytics and desktop services, and deliver their customers in the commodity and energy markets access to information, data, analytic services and pricing and benchmarks, and S&P Dow Jones Indices (Indices), which is an index provider that maintains a range of valuation and index benchmarks for investment advisors, wealth managers and institutional investors.

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