Media coverage about Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. The research group, a unit of Accern, ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Escalade earned a media sentiment score of 0.06 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 96 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment’s rankings:
- ESCALADE INC : Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders (form 8-K) (4-traders.com)
- $0.23 EPS Expected for Escalade, Inc. (ESCA) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- American Software : Logility Positioned as a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation (4-traders.com)
- Jury convicts man of causing deadly crash with Starkey van (kwch.com)
- Jury convicts man of deadly May 2016 crash (kfdi.com)
Several research firms have commented on ESCA. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Escalade from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, May 15th. TheStreet downgraded Escalade from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Friday, April 21st. Finally, Roth Capital set a $17.00 target price on Escalade and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, February 25th.
Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) traded down 0.42% during trading on Friday, reaching $11.85. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 11,857 shares. The company has a market cap of $170.00 million, a PE ratio of 15.19 and a beta of 0.36. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $12.72 and a 200 day moving average price of $13.05. Escalade has a 52-week low of $9.70 and a 52-week high of $14.70.
Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 20th. The company reported $0.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by $0.03. Escalade had a return on equity of 11.09% and a net margin of 6.58%. The firm had revenue of $30.81 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $29.55 million. On average, analysts expect that Escalade will post $0.87 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 8th will be paid a dividend of $0.115 per share. This represents a $0.46 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.88%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 6th. Escalade’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 57.14%.
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Escalade Company Profile
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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