Media stories about Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:CENT) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Central Garden & Pet earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 47.267164841067 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ CENT) opened at 35.33 on Monday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $32.02 and a 200 day moving average of $33.93. The stock has a market cap of $1.83 billion, a PE ratio of 26.64 and a beta of 0.12. Central Garden & Pet has a one year low of $22.97 and a one year high of $39.33.

Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:CENT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The company reported $0.62 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.11. The firm had revenue of $574.59 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $544.26 million. Central Garden & Pet had a net margin of 3.49% and a return on equity of 13.66%. Central Garden & Pet’s revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.48 EPS. On average, analysts predict that Central Garden & Pet will post $1.48 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of research firms have recently commented on CENT. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Central Garden & Pet from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Central Garden & Pet in a report on Thursday. BidaskClub cut shares of Central Garden & Pet from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. CL King began coverage on shares of Central Garden & Pet in a report on Friday, July 7th. They set a “buy” rating and a $38.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Sidoti upgraded shares of Central Garden & Pet from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, June 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $39.50.

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In other Central Garden & Pet news, insider Michael A. Reed sold 15,107 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.21, for a total transaction of $501,703.47. Following the sale, the insider now owns 142,558 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,734,351.18. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director John Ranelli sold 3,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.33, for a total transaction of $90,923.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 110,668 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,245,892.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 82,382 shares of company stock worth $2,613,603. 11.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Central Garden & Pet Company Profile

Central Garden & Pet Company is a marketer and producer of branded products and distributor of third party products in the pet and lawn and garden supplies industries in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Pet segment and the Garden segment. It is a marketer and producer of pet supplies in the United States.

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