News articles about Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Huntington Ingalls Industries earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.83855060268 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) traded up $5.24 during trading on Friday, hitting $242.12. 469,547 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 848,263. The company has a quick ratio of 1.38, a current ratio of 1.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.75. The company has a market capitalization of $10,958.59, a PE ratio of 18.29, a PEG ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 1.18. Huntington Ingalls Industries has a twelve month low of $183.42 and a twelve month high of $253.44.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The aerospace company reported $3.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.78 by $0.49. The business had revenue of $1.86 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.80 billion. Huntington Ingalls Industries had a net margin of 8.31% and a return on equity of 33.37%. The business’s revenue was up 10.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $2.27 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that Huntington Ingalls Industries will post 12.09 earnings per share for the current year.

Huntington Ingalls Industries declared that its board has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Tuesday, November 7th that authorizes the company to repurchase $1.00 billion in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the aerospace company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are usually a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the stock. Cowen restated a “hold” rating and issued a $225.00 price target on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Credit Suisse Group restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $241.00 price target (up previously from $211.00) on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Citigroup restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $233.00 price target (up previously from $224.00) on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $220.29.

In other news, VP D R. Wyatt sold 800 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $240.33, for a total value of $192,264.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 19,065 shares in the company, valued at $4,581,891.45. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Philip M. Bilden acquired 2,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 24th. The stock was bought at an average price of $234.11 per share, with a total value of $515,042.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 2.22% of the company’s stock.

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About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc is a military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. The Company’s business consists of the design, construction, repair and maintenance of nuclear-powered ships and non-nuclear ships for the United States Navy and coastal defense surface ships for the United States Coast Guard, as well as the refueling and overhaul and inactivation of nuclear-powered ships for the United States Navy.

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