News coverage about Autohome (NYSE:ATHM) has trended somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Autohome earned a news sentiment score of -0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the information services provider an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Autohome (ATHM) traded down 1.30% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $47.82. 636,483 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $46.40 and a 200-day moving average price of $37.70. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.53 billion, a PE ratio of 28.69 and a beta of 2.25. Autohome has a 12-month low of $21.42 and a 12-month high of $49.59.

Autohome (NYSE:ATHM) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 10th. The information services provider reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.29 by $0.12. Autohome had a net margin of 21.10% and a return on equity of 21.42%. The company had revenue of $195.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $189.69 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.39 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Autohome will post $2.10 EPS for the current year.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the stock. UBS AG lowered shares of Autohome from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Autohome from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Benchmark Co. started coverage on shares of Autohome in a research report on Tuesday, April 18th. They issued a “hold” rating for the company. Finally, HSBC Holdings plc reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $45.00 target price (up from $36.00) on shares of Autohome in a research report on Monday, May 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $39.25.

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About Autohome

Autohome Inc is an online destination for automobile consumers in China. The Company is engaged in the provision of online advertising and dealer subscription services in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Company, through its Websites, autohome.com.cn and che168.com, and mobile applications, delivers content to automobile buyers and owners.

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