Somewhat Critical Media Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Honda Motor (HMC) Stock Price

Media stories about Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC) have trended somewhat negative on Tuesday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than six thousand 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. Honda Motor earned a news sentiment score of -1.86 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Honda Motor’s score:

A number of brokerages have commented on HMC. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Honda Motor from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 7th. Nomura upgraded Honda Motor from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 19th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Honda Motor from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 13th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Honda Motor has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $36.50.

Shares of NYSE HMC opened at $27.12 on Tuesday. The company has a current ratio of 1.23, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. Honda Motor has a one year low of $25.30 and a one year high of $35.44. The stock has a market capitalization of $48.51 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.49, a PEG ratio of 4.17 and a beta of 0.95.

Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC) last issued its earnings results on Friday, February 1st. The company reported $0.85 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.85. Honda Motor had a return on equity of 8.49% and a net margin of 4.73%. The firm had revenue of $3,957.12 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3,956.54 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $318.50 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Honda Motor will post 3.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 7th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 28th were given a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 27th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.95%. This is a boost from Honda Motor’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. Honda Motor’s payout ratio is currently 22.10%.

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Honda Motor Company Profile

Honda Motor Co, Ltd. develops, manufactures, and distributes motorcycles, automobiles, power products, and other products worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business, and Power Product and Other Businesses. The Motorcycle Business segment produces sports models, including trial and moto-cross racing vehicles; business and commuter models; all-terrain vehicles; and side-by-side models.

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