Media coverage about Randgold Resources (NASDAQ:GOLD) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Randgold Resources earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.3197117717904 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Randgold Resources (GOLD) traded down $0.22 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $85.02. 496,192 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 687,416. Randgold Resources has a fifty-two week low of $81.35 and a fifty-two week high of $108.29. The firm has a market capitalization of $8,054.16, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.22 and a beta of -0.06.

Randgold Resources (NASDAQ:GOLD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 5th. The basic materials company reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.84 by ($0.05). The company had revenue of $328.62 million for the quarter. Randgold Resources had a return on equity of 7.13% and a net margin of 21.72%. equities research analysts expect that Randgold Resources will post 3.77 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a None dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 18th. Investors of record on Friday, March 23rd will be given a $1.98 dividend. This represents a yield of 0.0233518103549947%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 22nd. Randgold Resources’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 33.68%.

Several research firms have weighed in on GOLD. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Randgold Resources from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday. JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their price objective on shares of Randgold Resources from $103.00 to $101.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, February 12th. HSBC upgraded shares of Randgold Resources from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Randgold Resources from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Finally, Numis Securities lowered shares of Randgold Resources from a “buy” rating to an “add” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. Randgold Resources has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $75.70.

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About Randgold Resources

Randgold Resources Limited is engaged in gold mining, exploration and related activities. The Company’s activities are focused on West and Central Africa. The Company operates through the gold mining segment. The Company operates various mines, such as Morila, Loulo, Gounkoto, Tongon and Kibali. The Company is exploring in African countries, such as Mali, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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