Media coverage about Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Woodward earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the technology company an impact score of 46.3331928687467 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) opened at 74.77 on Thursday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $69.89 and a 200-day moving average of $68.72. Woodward has a 52 week low of $57.09 and a 52 week high of $74.96. The firm has a market cap of $4.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.51 and a beta of 1.21.

Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 24th. The technology company reported $0.85 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.09. Woodward had a net margin of 9.67% and a return on equity of 16.12%. The company had revenue of $548.62 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $530.89 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.81 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Woodward will post $3.10 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, November 27th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 13th will be given a $0.125 dividend. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.67%. Woodward’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 15.77%.

WWD has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Woodward from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 20th. BidaskClub cut shares of Woodward from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 20th. CL King initiated coverage on shares of Woodward in a report on Thursday, June 22nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $79.00 target price on the stock. Wood & Company initiated coverage on shares of Woodward in a report on Thursday, July 13th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $82.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. initiated coverage on shares of Woodward in a report on Friday, July 14th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $82.00 target price on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $74.75.

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In related news, Director John A. Halbrook sold 1,800 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.60, for a total transaction of $127,080.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 345,721 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $24,407,902.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Paul Donovan sold 5,700 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.55, for a total transaction of $402,135.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 39,052 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,755,118.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 16,200 shares of company stock worth $1,138,389. Insiders own 5.93% of the company’s stock.

Woodward Company Profile

Woodward, Inc is an independent designer, manufacturer and service provider of energy control and optimization solutions. The Company designs, produces and services energy control products for various applications. The Company’s segments include Aerospace and Industrial. The Company’s Aerospace segment designs, manufactures and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, combustion and motion control.

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