Press coverage about SYSCO (NYSE:SYY) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. SYSCO earned a news sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.3269547886504 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

SYSCO (NYSE SYY) traded up $0.38 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $63.59. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,648,454 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,510,000. The company has a quick ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.77. The firm has a market capitalization of $33,130.00, a P/E ratio of 29.04, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 0.53. SYSCO has a 12 month low of $48.85 and a 12 month high of $63.65.

SYSCO (NYSE:SYY) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 6th. The company reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $14.65 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.43 billion. SYSCO had a return on equity of 58.47% and a net margin of 2.12%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.67 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that SYSCO will post 2.85 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.26%. This is an increase from SYSCO’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 4th. SYSCO’s payout ratio is presently 65.75%.

SYY has been the topic of several research reports. Pivotal Research boosted their price target on SYSCO from $53.00 to $60.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Loop Capital boosted their price target on SYSCO to $68.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, December 11th. BMO Capital Markets set a $66.00 price target on SYSCO and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded SYSCO from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upgraded SYSCO from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $64.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $59.92.

In other SYSCO news, CEO William J. Delaney III sold 150,000 shares of SYSCO stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.05, for a total transaction of $8,107,500.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 526,725 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $28,469,486.25. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP Greg D. Bertrand sold 81,038 shares of SYSCO stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.76, for a total value of $4,923,868.88. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 69,721 shares in the company, valued at $4,236,247.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 302,495 shares of company stock worth $17,294,631 over the last ninety days. Company insiders own 9.60% of the company’s stock.

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Sysco Corporation (Sysco) is a distributor of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. The Company’s segments include Broadline, SYGMA and Other. The Broadline segment includes its Broadline operations located in the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Ireland, Mexico and the United States.

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