Media stories about Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Time Warner earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the media conglomerate an impact score of 44.9283878622602 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Shares of Time Warner (TWX) traded up $0.39 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $93.36. The company had a trading volume of 5,419,409 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,950,000. The company has a quick ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 1.48 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. The firm has a market cap of $72,690.00, a PE ratio of 17.75, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 0.95. Time Warner has a twelve month low of $85.88 and a twelve month high of $103.90.

Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The media conglomerate reported $1.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.23. The business had revenue of $7.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.40 billion. Time Warner had a return on equity of 18.57% and a net margin of 13.59%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 6.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.83 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Time Warner will post 6.2 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be given a $0.4025 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 9th. This represents a $1.61 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.72%. Time Warner’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 30.61%.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Cowen reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $107.50 price target on shares of Time Warner in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $98.00 price target (up from $84.00) on shares of Time Warner in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $101.00 price target (down from $105.00) on shares of Time Warner in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $99.00 price target on shares of Time Warner in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Pivotal Research upgraded Time Warner from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $102.00 to $103.00 in a research report on Monday, November 13th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have given a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $105.13.

In other news, CEO Jeffrey L. Bewkes sold 329,478 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.65, for a total value of $29,867,180.70. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 855,925 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $77,589,601.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Olaf Olafsson sold 23,450 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.03, for a total value of $2,111,203.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.16% of the company’s stock.

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About Time Warner

Time Warner Inc is a media and entertainment company. The Company operates through three segments: Turner, which consists of cable networks and digital media properties; Home Box Office, which consists of premium pay television and over the top (OTT) services and premium pay, basic tier television and OTT services internationally, and Warner Bros., which consists of television, feature film, home video, and videogame production and distribution.

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