Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Escalade (ESCA) Stock Price

Media headlines about Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Escalade earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.1659412416917 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Escalade from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Aegis reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective on shares of Escalade in a research note on Monday, September 25th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Escalade presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $16.00.

Shares of Escalade (NASDAQ ESCA) traded up $0.10 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $13.00. 3,497 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 10,737. The stock has a market capitalization of $186.82, a PE ratio of 18.57, a P/E/G ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 0.09. Escalade has a 12 month low of $11.31 and a 12 month high of $14.38. The company has a current ratio of 3.76, a quick ratio of 1.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23.

Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.22 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $41.89 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $40.40 million. Escalade had a net margin of 5.89% and a return on equity of 9.72%. equities analysts anticipate that Escalade will post 0.75 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 18th. Investors of record on Monday, December 11th were paid a dividend of $0.115 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 8th. This represents a $0.46 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.54%. Escalade’s dividend payout ratio is currently 65.71%.

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About Escalade

Escalade, Incorporated (Escalade) is a manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods through its subsidiary Escalade Sports. The Company operates in Sporting Goods (Escalade Sports) segment. Escalade Sports manufactures, imports and distributes sporting goods brands in basketball goals, archery, indoor and outdoor game recreation and fitness products through sporting goods retailers, specialty dealers, key online retailers, traditional department stores and mass merchants.

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