Press coverage about Carnival (NYSE:CCL) has trended very negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Carnival earned a daily sentiment score of -3.13 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the company an news buzz score of 6 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Carnival’s score:

CCL has been the topic of several research reports. Nomura reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Carnival in a report on Thursday. UBS Group upped their price objective on shares of Carnival from $47.00 to $51.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 8th. William Blair reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Carnival in a report on Friday, December 6th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of Carnival in a report on Friday, December 6th. Finally, Barclays upped their price objective on shares of Carnival from $47.00 to $53.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 24th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Carnival has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $49.60.

NYSE:CCL opened at $43.20 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, a current ratio of 0.23 and a quick ratio of 0.18. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $47.78 and a 200-day moving average of $45.76. The company has a market cap of $22.05 billion, a PE ratio of 10.00, a PEG ratio of 1.07 and a beta of 1.16. Carnival has a one year low of $39.92 and a one year high of $59.24.

Carnival (NYSE:CCL) last posted its earnings results on Friday, December 20th. The company reported $0.62 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $4.78 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.56 billion. Carnival had a net margin of 14.36% and a return on equity of 12.29%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.70 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Carnival will post 4.51 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 13th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 21st will be given a dividend of $0.50 per share. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.63%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 20th. Carnival’s payout ratio is presently 45.45%.

About Carnival

Carnival Corporation operates as a leisure travel company in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. It operates in four segments: North America and Australia Cruise Operations, Europe and Asia Cruise Operations, Cruise Support, and Tour and Other. The company operates cruises under the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (Australia), Seabourn, Costa, AIDA, P&O Cruises (UK), and Cunard brand names.

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