Media stories about Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) have trended somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie reports. InfoTrie ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Twitter earned a coverage optimism score of 1.05 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the social networking company an news buzz score of 1 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Twitter’s analysis:
- Twitter rips George Zimmerman for suing Trayvon Martin’s parents – New York Daily News (nydailynews.com)
- Twitter Plans First Sale of High-Yield Debt – The Wall Street Journal (wsj.com)
- Elon Musk trial: billionaire’s Twitter habits go under the microscope – The Guardian (theguardian.com)
- The New ‘Armored Core’ Themed Banner On FromSoftware’s Twitter Account Is Nothing To Get Excited About – Forbes (forbes.com)
- Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Make the Most of Twitter to Boost ID Education, Engagement, and Advocacy – Contagionlive.com (contagionlive.com)
A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the company. TheStreet cut Twitter from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Thursday, October 24th. Aegis cut Twitter from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $48.00 to $33.00 in a report on Thursday, October 24th. Goldman Sachs Group cut Twitter from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $52.00 to $34.00 in a report on Thursday, October 24th. Wedbush restated a “hold” rating and set a $34.50 price target (down from $42.00) on shares of Twitter in a report on Friday, October 25th. Finally, Bank of America set a $39.00 price target on Twitter and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 25th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-five have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $37.24.
Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 24th. The social networking company reported $0.17 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.10 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $824.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $875.21 million. Twitter had a return on equity of 6.07% and a net margin of 47.67%. Twitter’s quarterly revenue was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.21 EPS. On average, research analysts expect that Twitter will post 2 EPS for the current year.
In related news, CFO Ned D. Segal sold 8,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.88, for a total value of $351,040.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Vijaya Gadde sold 8,332 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, September 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.29, for a total value of $360,692.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 99,950 shares of company stock valued at $3,576,078 over the last three months. 2.65% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
Twitter, Inc operates as a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. The company offers various products and services, including Twitter, a platform that allows users to consume, create, distribute, and discover content; and Periscope, a mobile application that enables user to broadcast and watch video live with others.
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