Harley-Davidson (HOG) Earning Somewhat Negative Media Coverage, Study Shows

Press coverage about Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) has trended somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive 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. Harley-Davidson earned a coverage optimism score of -0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 43.9713484109263 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Several brokerages have recently commented on HOG. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 price objective (down previously from $51.00) on shares of Harley-Davidson in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. TheStreet lowered Harley-Davidson from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Goldman Sachs Group lowered Harley-Davidson to a “hold” rating and set a $43.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Harley-Davidson from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Wedbush reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Harley-Davidson in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $52.82.

Shares of Harley-Davidson (NYSE HOG) traded up $0.73 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $52.27. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,294,878 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,946,450. The company has a quick ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.48. Harley-Davidson has a 12-month low of $44.52 and a 12-month high of $63.40. The company has a market capitalization of $8,800.00, a P/E ratio of 16.39, a P/E/G ratio of 1.62 and a beta of 0.96.

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The company reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.40. Harley-Davidson had a return on equity of 28.69% and a net margin of 11.68%. The firm had revenue of $962.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $959.41 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.64 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Harley-Davidson will post 3.43 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th were given a $0.365 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.46 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.79%. Harley-Davidson’s payout ratio is currently 45.77%.

In other Harley-Davidson news, CEO Matthew S. Levatich sold 19,447 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.36, for a total value of $940,456.92. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 88,646 shares in the company, valued at $4,286,920.56. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Jochen Zeitz sold 1,859 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.80, for a total value of $88,860.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 58,726 shares of company stock valued at $2,816,641 in the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 0.70% of the company’s stock.

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Harley-Davidson Company Profile

Harley-Davidson, Inc is the parent company for the groups of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company (HDMC) and Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS). The Company operates in two segments: the Motorcycles & Related Products (Motorcycles) and the Financial Services. The Motorcycles segment consists of HDMC, which designs, manufactures and sells at wholesale on-road Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as well as motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise and related services.

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