Headlines about GMS (NYSE:GMS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. 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. GMS earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.3564825658785 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of GMS (NYSE:GMS) opened at $32.59 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $1,334.32, a P/E ratio of 24.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.31 and a beta of 1.42. GMS has a one year low of $27.20 and a one year high of $39.98. The company has a quick ratio of 1.70, a current ratio of 2.62 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06.

GMS (NYSE:GMS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, December 7th. The company reported $0.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.54 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $648.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $662.03 million. GMS had a return on equity of 14.24% and a net margin of 2.26%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 9.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.49 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that GMS will post 2.01 EPS for the current year.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on GMS shares. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $46.00 target price on shares of GMS in a research note on Friday, December 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of GMS from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of GMS in a research note on Friday, November 10th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of GMS from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Barclays set a $46.00 target price on shares of GMS and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, January 7th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $40.00.

In other GMS news, insider G Michael Callahan, Jr. sold 33,333 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.17, for a total value of $1,072,322.61. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 461,752 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,854,561.84. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Chairman Richard K. Mueller sold 500,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.05, for a total transaction of $19,025,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 5,267,448 shares of company stock valued at $200,063,931. Corporate insiders own 5.90% of the company’s stock.

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About GMS

GMS Inc is a distributor of wallboard and suspended ceilings systems, or ceilings. The Company provides a product offering of over 20,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) of wallboard, ceilings and complementary interior construction products for interior contractors. It offers steel framing and ancillary products for its customers.

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