Media coverage about Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Manchester United earned a media sentiment score of 1.86 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Manchester United’s ranking:

NYSE:MANU opened at $17.87 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $725.11 million, a P/E ratio of 127.64, a P/E/G ratio of 3.75 and a beta of 0.66. Manchester United has a 12-month low of $16.91 and a 12-month high of $27.70. The company has a quick ratio of 1.08, a current ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09.

Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 16th. The company reported $0.06 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.04) by $0.10. Manchester United had a return on equity of 13.45% and a net margin of 3.67%. The company had revenue of $152.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $156.97 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.03) earnings per share. Manchester United’s quarterly revenue was up 3.4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Manchester United will post 0.22 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on MANU shares. Deutsche Bank set a $20.00 target price on Manchester United and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Manchester United from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, February 21st. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Manchester United from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 15th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $22.75.

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Manchester United Company Profile

Manchester United plc, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a professional sports team in the United Kingdom. The company operates Manchester United Football Club, a professional football club. It develops marketing and sponsorship relationships with international and regional companies to leverage its brand.

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