VF (VFC) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about VF (NYSE:VFC) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. VF earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the textile maker an impact score of 45.6455818639138 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

VFC has been the subject of a number of research reports. Robert W. Baird reiterated an “average” rating and set a $84.00 target price on shares of VF in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Susquehanna Bancshares reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 target price on shares of VF in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Pivotal Research initiated coverage on shares of VF in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. They set a “buy” rating and a $75.00 target price for the company. UBS Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 target price (up from $66.00) on shares of VF in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity set a $81.00 target price on shares of VF and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. VF currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $68.43.

VF (NYSE VFC) traded down $0.01 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $76.12. The stock had a trading volume of 2,550,767 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,363,043. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54, a current ratio of 1.47 and a quick ratio of 0.97. The stock has a market cap of $30,070.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.59, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 0.80. VF has a 52-week low of $48.05 and a 52-week high of $78.70.

VF (NYSE:VFC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 23rd. The textile maker reported $1.23 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.12 by $0.11. The firm had revenue of $3.51 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.40 billion. VF had a return on equity of 29.22% and a net margin of 8.24%. VF’s revenue was up 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.20 EPS. research analysts anticipate that VF will post 3.03 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 18th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th were paid a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.42%. This is a positive change from VF’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 7th. VF’s dividend payout ratio is 76.35%.

In other VF news, insider Laura C. Meagher sold 14,036 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.57, for a total value of $990,520.52. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 48,178 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,399,921.46. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, VP Scott H. Baxter sold 89,822 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.14, for a total value of $6,389,937.08. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 127,844 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,094,822.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 254,660 shares of company stock valued at $18,035,832 over the last 90 days. 1.60% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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VF Company Profile

V.F. Corporation (VF) is engaged in the design, production, procurement, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and related products. The Company’s segments include Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear and Sportswear. Its Outdoor & Action Sports Coalition is a group of authentic outdoor and activity-based lifestyle brands.

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