Media stories about Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Baidu earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the information services provider an impact score of 46.394476038635 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Baidu (BIDU) traded up $3.96 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $225.60. 4,713,906 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,840,000. The company has a current ratio of 1.71, a quick ratio of 1.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34. The stock has a market capitalization of $78,330.00, a P/E ratio of 31.29, a P/E/G ratio of 1.50 and a beta of 1.86. Baidu has a 12-month low of $166.00 and a 12-month high of $274.97.

Several analysts recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub lowered shares of Baidu from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday. Barclays set a $250.00 target price on shares of Baidu and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Oppenheimer lifted their target price on shares of Baidu from $250.00 to $295.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. OTR Global lowered shares of Baidu to a “positive” rating in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Nomura lowered shares of Baidu from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, January 29th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $239.75.

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Baidu Company Profile

Baidu, Inc is a Chinese language Internet search provider. The Company offers a Chinese language search platform on its Website that enables users to find information online, including Webpages, news, images, documents and multimedia files, through links provided on its Website. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, the Company provides a platform for businesses to reach customers.

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