Media coverage about Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Charles Schwab earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3696247854801 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Charles Schwab (SCHW) traded down $0.12 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $55.32. 7,010,000 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 6,290,000. The stock has a market capitalization of $74,080.00, a P/E ratio of 34.36, a P/E/G ratio of 1.36 and a beta of 1.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21, a quick ratio of 0.30 and a current ratio of 0.31. Charles Schwab has a 1-year low of $37.16 and a 1-year high of $56.25.

Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, January 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $2.24 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.24 billion. Charles Schwab had a net margin of 27.32% and a return on equity of 16.31%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 13.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.36 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Charles Schwab will post 2.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on SCHW shares. SunTrust Banks lifted their price objective on shares of Charles Schwab to $56.00 and gave the stock an “average” rating in a research note on Friday, December 15th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Citigroup reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price objective (up previously from $52.00) on shares of Charles Schwab in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. BidaskClub cut shares of Charles Schwab from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 price objective (up previously from $55.00) on shares of Charles Schwab in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Argus lifted their price objective on shares of Charles Schwab from $59.00 to $69.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $54.00.

In related news, Chairman Charles R. Schwab sold 300,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.31, for a total transaction of $16,593,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, EVP Terri R. Kallsen sold 815 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.97, for a total transaction of $35,835.55. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 1,733,531 shares of company stock worth $83,890,651. 12.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Charles Schwab

The Charles Schwab Corporation (CSC) is a savings and loan holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services. The Company provides financial services to individuals and institutional clients through two segments: Investor Services and Advisor Services.

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