News stories about Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Saratoga Investment earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2128468490888 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 news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) opened at $22.43 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $140.34, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.97 and a beta of 0.47. Saratoga Investment has a one year low of $19.90 and a one year high of $23.78. The company has a current ratio of 0.06, a quick ratio of 0.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th were given a dividend of $0.49 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This is an increase from Saratoga Investment’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.48. This represents a $1.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.74%. Saratoga Investment’s payout ratio is currently 87.11%.

SAR has been the subject of several research reports. Compass Point upgraded shares of Saratoga Investment from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Saratoga Investment from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $26.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Janney Montgomery Scott initiated coverage on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Friday, October 6th. They set a “neutral” rating for the company. National Securities reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $23.00 price objective on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Saratoga Investment from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $24.67.

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Saratoga Investment Company Profile

Saratoga Investment Corp. is a specialty finance company. The Company is an externally managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company invests primarily in leveraged loans and mezzanine debt issued by private middle-market companies in the United States. Its investment objective is to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation from its investments.

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