Media stories about Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Pool Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.73461125976 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on POOL shares. Robert W. Baird upped their price target on Pool Corporation from $125.00 to $131.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. BidaskClub downgraded Pool Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Sidoti raised Pool Corporation from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $119.00 to $131.00 in a research report on Friday, September 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $127.25.

Shares of Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) traded up $0.36 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $121.30. The stock had a trading volume of 55,346 shares, compared to its average volume of 244,124. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.64, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a current ratio of 2.61. Pool Corporation has a 1-year low of $97.25 and a 1-year high of $124.25. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,870.00, a P/E ratio of 31.58 and a beta of 0.96.

Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The specialty retailer reported $1.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.14 by $0.02. Pool Corporation had a return on equity of 69.28% and a net margin of 6.19%. The firm had revenue of $743.40 million for the quarter. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.03 earnings per share. Pool Corporation’s revenue was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Pool Corporation will post 4.07 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 28th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be given a $0.37 dividend. This represents a $1.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.22%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 14th. Pool Corporation’s payout ratio is 37.47%.

In related news, CEO De La Mesa Manuel J. Perez sold 47,628 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.73, for a total value of $5,750,128.44. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 61,708 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,450,006.84. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Harlan F. Seymour sold 15,502 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $118.87, for a total value of $1,842,722.74. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 15,995 shares in the company, valued at $1,901,325.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 7.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Pool Corporation

Pool Corporation is a distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. The Company is a distributor of irrigation and landscape products in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 344 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through its four distribution networks, including SCP Distributors (SCP), Superior Pool Products (Superior), Horizon Distributors (Horizon) and National Pool Tile (NPT).

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