News articles about Carnival (NYSE:CCL) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Carnival earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.6378555452779 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Carnival (NYSE CCL) opened at $67.07 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $48,160.00, a P/E ratio of 18.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 0.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 0.18 and a quick ratio of 0.14. Carnival has a 12 month low of $54.75 and a 12 month high of $72.70.

Carnival (NYSE:CCL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, December 19th. The company reported $0.63 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $4.26 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.15 billion. Carnival had a net margin of 14.88% and a return on equity of 11.78%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.67 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Carnival will post 4.27 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 23rd will be given a $0.45 dividend. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.68%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 22nd. Carnival’s dividend payout ratio is 32.03%.

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on CCL. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Carnival from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Carnival from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price target on shares of Carnival from $79.00 to $80.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Buckingham Research restated a “buy” rating and set a $84.00 price target (up previously from $80.00) on shares of Carnival in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, Barclays upped their price objective on shares of Carnival from $67.00 to $73.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $73.45.

In other Carnival news, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.57, for a total value of $327,850.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 8,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.66, for a total transaction of $573,280.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 102,150 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,320,069. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 313,627 shares of company stock valued at $21,059,647 over the last three months. Insiders own 23.80% of the company’s stock.

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Carnival Company Profile

Carnival Corporation is a leisure travel company. The Company is a cruise company of global cruise guests, and a provider of vacations to all cruise destinations throughout the world. The Company operates in four segments: North America, EAA, Cruise Support and, Tour and Other. The Company’s North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises (Princess) and Seabourn.

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