Brunswick (BC) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Press coverage about Brunswick (NYSE:BC) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Brunswick earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 45.5479346242239 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Brunswick (NYSE BC) traded down $0.36 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $55.22. 495,793 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 975,097. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,842.24, a PE ratio of 17.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.88 and a beta of 1.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a current ratio of 1.81 and a quick ratio of 0.95. Brunswick has a 1-year low of $48.04 and a 1-year high of $63.82.

Brunswick (NYSE:BC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $0.91 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by ($0.09). The business had revenue of $1.14 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.16 billion. Brunswick had a net margin of 5.93% and a return on equity of 22.71%. Brunswick’s quarterly revenue was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.91 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that Brunswick will post 3.85 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st were given a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.38%. This is a boost from Brunswick’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 20th. Brunswick’s dividend payout ratio is 24.52%.

Several research firms have issued reports on BC. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price objective on shares of Brunswick from $68.00 to $62.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, October 27th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price objective on shares of Brunswick in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Imperial Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price objective on shares of Brunswick in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Brunswick from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Brunswick in a report on Friday, October 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. Brunswick has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $63.23.

In other news, insider John C. Pfeifer sold 3,780 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.96, for a total value of $207,748.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 1.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Brunswick

Brunswick Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of recreation products. The Company operates through three segments: Marine Engine, Boat and Fitness. The Company’s product includes marine engines, boats, fitness equipment and active recreation products. The Company’s engine-related products include outboard, sterndrive and inboard engines; trolling motors; propellers; engine control systems; and marine parts and accessories.

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