J M Smucker (SJM) Receives Media Sentiment Score of 0.16

News stories about J M Smucker (NYSE:SJM) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. J M Smucker earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.7823850116439 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Susquehanna Bancshares reissued a “buy” rating and set a $151.00 target price on shares of J M Smucker in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Gabelli reissued a “buy” rating on shares of J M Smucker in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Credit Suisse Group set a $120.00 target price on shares of J M Smucker and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Deutsche Bank increased their target price on shares of J M Smucker from $130.00 to $134.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of J M Smucker from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, February 20th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. J M Smucker has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $129.43.

Shares of SJM stock traded up $0.99 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $125.84. 1,297,205 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 982,731. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a current ratio of 1.48 and a quick ratio of 0.64. J M Smucker has a one year low of $99.57 and a one year high of $139.39. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,295.30, a P/E ratio of 11.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 0.62.

J M Smucker (NYSE:SJM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 16th. The company reported $2.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.16 by $0.34. J M Smucker had a net margin of 17.16% and a return on equity of 12.46%. The company had revenue of $1.90 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.89 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $2.00 earnings per share. J M Smucker’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that J M Smucker will post 8.25 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 9th were given a $0.78 dividend. This represents a $3.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.48%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 8th. J M Smucker’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 28.08%.

In other J M Smucker news, SVP Jeannette L. Knudsen sold 1,600 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $124.36, for a total value of $198,976.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 23,452 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,916,490.72. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider David J. Lemmon sold 1,205 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $124.54, for a total transaction of $150,070.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 5,610 shares of company stock valued at $698,093 in the last ninety days. 3.50% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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J M Smucker Company Profile

The J. M. Smucker Company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. The Company’s segments include U.S. Retail Coffee, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, U.S. Retail Pet Foods, and International and Foodservice. The Company’s U.S. retail market segments consist of the sale of branded food products to consumers through retail outlets in North America.

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