Media stories about Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hilton Worldwide earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 46.2368143354028 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 news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Family suing hotel, website for enabling prostitution, daughter’s murder (kgw.com)
- Hilton Launches its 200th Home2 Suites Property in 2017 – Nasdaq … – Nasdaq (nasdaq.com)
- Marriott (MAR) or Hilton (HLT): Which is a Better Stock? – Nasdaq (nasdaq.com)
- This No. 1-Ranked Leisure Stock May Be Planning A New Breakout (finance.yahoo.com)
- HNA is long-term investor in Deutsche Bank, HNA representative says (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on HLT shares. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price target on shares of Hilton Worldwide in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised Hilton Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price target on shares of Hilton Worldwide in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 price target on shares of Hilton Worldwide in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group cut Hilton Worldwide from a “conviction-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $72.47.
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $0.56 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.50 by $0.06. Hilton Worldwide had a return on equity of 27.32% and a net margin of 0.33%. The firm had revenue of $2.35 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.28 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.41 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Hilton Worldwide will post 1.9 EPS for the current year.
Hilton Worldwide announced that its board has approved a share repurchase plan on Thursday, November 16th that allows the company to repurchase $1.00 billion in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 17th will be paid a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 16th. Hilton Worldwide’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 545.45%.
In other Hilton Worldwide news, major shareholder Hlt Holdco Iii Llc sold 15,596,175 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.11, for a total value of $1,077,851,654.25. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.
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Hilton Worldwide Company Profile
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc is a hospitality company. The Company is engaged in owning, leasing, managing and franchising hotels and resorts. The Company’s segments include ownership, and management and franchise. Its global portfolio of owned and leased properties includes a range of hotels in gateway cities, such as New York City, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Sao Paolo and Tokyo.
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