News articles about Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Big Lots earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.8614836468322 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

Big Lots (BIG) traded up $0.31 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $55.84. 848,506 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,028,625. Big Lots has a fifty-two week low of $45.10 and a fifty-two week high of $60.20. The stock has a market cap of $2,437.06, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 1.66 and a quick ratio of 0.24.

Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, December 1st. The company reported $0.06 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by $0.02. Big Lots had a net margin of 3.36% and a return on equity of 30.17%. The business had revenue of $1.11 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.11 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.04 EPS. Big Lots’s revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Big Lots will post 4.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.79%. Big Lots’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 25.58%.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on BIG shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Big Lots from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. Telsey Advisory Group raised their price target on shares of Big Lots from $56.00 to $59.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, December 4th. Citigroup set a $69.00 price objective on shares of Big Lots and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. Oppenheimer set a $60.00 price objective on shares of Big Lots and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Big Lots from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Big Lots has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $60.64.

In other news, CEO David J. Campisi sold 96,940 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.00, for a total transaction of $5,137,820.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 99,203 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,257,759. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Ronald A. Robins, Jr. sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.00, for a total transaction of $51,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 7,925 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $404,175. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Big Lots

Big Lots, Inc is a non-traditional, discount retailer operating in the United States. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated a total of 1,432 stores. The Company operates through the discount retailing segment. As of January 28, 2017, the Company’s stores are located at various states of the United States, such as Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.

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