Headlines about Centene (NYSE:CNC) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Centene earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.2205246171086 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 news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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CNC has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Centene from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $117.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Oppenheimer increased their price target on shares of Centene from $111.00 to $122.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Jefferies Group increased their price target on shares of Centene from $112.00 to $115.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, December 18th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $134.00 price target on shares of Centene in a research note on Monday, December 18th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Centene from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seventeen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $110.28.

CNC stock traded up $1.04 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $104.69. The stock had a trading volume of 1,664,728 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,370,424. The firm has a market capitalization of $18,300.21, a P/E ratio of 22.32, a P/E/G ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 0.76. Centene has a 1-year low of $65.03 and a 1-year high of $112.42. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a current ratio of 0.93 and a quick ratio of 0.93.

Centene (NYSE:CNC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 6th. The company reported $0.97 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $12.81 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $12.25 billion. Centene had a return on equity of 13.68% and a net margin of 1.71%. The company’s revenue was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.19 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that Centene will post 7.2 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, EVP Christopher D. Bowers sold 4,800 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $102.27, for a total value of $490,896.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert K. Ditmore sold 8,750 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $104.30, for a total value of $912,625.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 27,300 shares of company stock valued at $2,815,209 over the last three months. Corporate insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.

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Centene Company Profile

Centene Corporation is a healthcare company. The Company provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. The Company operates through two segments: Managed Care and Specialty Services. The Company’s Managed Care segment provides health plan coverage to individuals, through government subsidized programs, including Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Long Term Care, Foster Care, dual-eligible individuals (Duals) and the Supplemental Security Income Program, also known as the Aged, Blind or Disabled Program (ABD), Medicare, and Health Insurance Marketplace.

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