Credit Suisse Group lowered shares of Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research report released on Friday, MarketBeat reports. Credit Suisse Group currently has $70.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $78.00.

A number of other brokerages have also recently issued reports on CCL. Instinet raised their price objective on Carnival Corporation from $72.00 to $75.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Friday, June 23rd. UBS AG reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $76.00 price objective (up from $67.00) on shares of Carnival Corporation in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Bank of America Corporation reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $73.20 price objective on shares of Carnival Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 24th. BidaskClub cut Carnival Corporation from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Carnival Corporation from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 30th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $63.07.

Shares of Carnival Corporation (NYSE CCL) opened at 65.94 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $47.74 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.44 and a beta of 0.74. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $67.77 and its 200 day moving average price is $63.36. Carnival Corporation has a 12-month low of $45.46 and a 12-month high of $69.89.

Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) last released its earnings results on Thursday, June 22nd. The company reported $0.52 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $3.95 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.89 billion. Carnival Corporation had a return on equity of 11.26% and a net margin of 16.48%. The firm’s revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.49 earnings per share. Equities research analysts forecast that Carnival Corporation will post $3.74 EPS for the current year.

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The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 25th were given a $0.40 dividend. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.43%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 23rd. Carnival Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 42.55%.

In other Carnival Corporation news, insider Alan Buckelew sold 15,000 shares of Carnival Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.02, for a total value of $1,005,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 150,860 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,110,637.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 23.80% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Teachers Advisors LLC grew its position in Carnival Corporation by 4.0% in the 1st quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 1,313,131 shares of the company’s stock worth $77,357,000 after purchasing an additional 50,283 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. grew its position in Carnival Corporation by 4.3% in the 2nd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 669,634 shares of the company’s stock worth $43,908,000 after purchasing an additional 27,330 shares during the period. Covenant Multifamily Offices LLC grew its position in Carnival Corporation by 2.4% in the 2nd quarter. Covenant Multifamily Offices LLC now owns 39,931 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,618,000 after purchasing an additional 929 shares during the period. Peak Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in Carnival Corporation in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $495,000. Finally, BB&T Securities LLC grew its position in Carnival Corporation by 41.3% in the 2nd quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 11,300 shares of the company’s stock worth $741,000 after purchasing an additional 3,300 shares during the period. 77.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Carnival Corporation Company Profile

Carnival Corporation is a leisure travel company. The Company is a cruise company of global cruise guests, and a provider of vacations to all cruise destinations throughout the world. The Company operates in four segments: North America, EAA, Cruise Support and, Tour and Other. The Company’s North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises (Princess) and Seabourn.

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