Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) Receiving Somewhat Negative Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

Press coverage about Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) has been trending somewhat negative this week, Alpha One Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group, a unit of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Graphic Packaging Holding Company earned a daily sentiment score of -0.12 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave press coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 95 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of equities analysts have commented on GPK shares. Bank of America Corp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $16.30 price objective (up previously from $16.10) on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company in a report on Tuesday, February 21st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 26th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc lowered shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company from a “conviction-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.50 price objective on the stock. in a report on Friday, January 27th. Jefferies Group LLC lowered shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and cut their price objective for the stock from $15.00 to $14.00 in a report on Friday, January 20th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company in a report on Tuesday, February 7th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $15.35.

Shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) traded up 0.59% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $13.54. 4,569,006 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $4.23 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.07 and a beta of 1.20. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $12.99 and its 200 day moving average is $12.97. Graphic Packaging Holding Company has a 12-month low of $11.95 and a 12-month high of $14.70.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 7th. The industrial products company reported $0.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01. Graphic Packaging Holding Company had a net margin of 5.30% and a return on equity of 21.46%. The firm had revenue of $1.06 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.19 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Graphic Packaging Holding Company will post $0.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 5th. Investors of record on Wednesday, March 15th were issued a dividend of $0.075 per share. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.23%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, March 13th. Graphic Packaging Holding Company’s dividend payout ratio is currently 42.25%.

In related news, Director Harold R. Logan, Jr. sold 9,200 shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.54, for a total transaction of $124,568.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 48,876 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $661,781.04. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.47% of the company’s stock.

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Graphic Packaging Holding Company Company Profile

Graphic Packaging Holding Company is a provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a range of products to food, beverage and other consumer product companies. The Company’s segments include Paperboard Mills, Americas Paperboard Packaging, Europe Paperboard Packaging, and Corporate and Other. The Paperboard Mills segment includes the Company’s North American paperboard mills, which produce primarily coated unbleached kraft and coated recycled board.

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