Ascential (LON:ASCL) had its price target trimmed by Barclays from GBX 395 ($5.20) to GBX 275 ($3.62) in a report published on Monday, Stock Target Advisor reports. The firm currently has an equal weight rating on the stock.

Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Goldman Sachs Group cut their price target on Ascential from GBX 569 ($7.48) to GBX 373 ($4.91) and set a buy rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 17th. Shore Capital restated a buy rating on shares of Ascential in a research note on Monday, February 24th. Liberum Capital upgraded Ascential to a buy rating and upped their price target for the stock from GBX 380 ($5.00) to GBX 420 ($5.52) in a research note on Tuesday, February 25th. Peel Hunt restated a buy rating on shares of Ascential in a research note on Thursday, March 12th. Finally, Deutsche Bank reiterated a buy rating on shares of Ascential in a research note on Tuesday, February 25th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ascential currently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of GBX 377.80 ($4.97).

Ascential stock opened at GBX 251.60 ($3.31) on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 58.15. The company has a market capitalization of $1.02 billion and a P/E ratio of 132.42. The stock’s 50 day moving average is GBX 320.04 and its 200 day moving average is GBX 355.26. Ascential has a twelve month low of GBX 256.20 ($3.37) and a twelve month high of GBX 426.40 ($5.61).

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 14th will be paid a dividend of GBX 4 ($0.05) per share. This represents a yield of 1.09%. This is an increase from Ascential’s previous dividend of $1.80. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 14th. Ascential’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 3.16%.

In other Ascential news, insider Duncan Painter bought 8,823 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 26th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of GBX 204 ($2.68) per share, for a total transaction of £17,998.92 ($23,676.56).

Ascential Company Profile

Ascential plc provides business-to-business information services for product design, marketing, sales, and built environment and policy in the United Kingdom and internationally. It offers industry-specific business intelligence, insights, and forecasting through data and digital subscription tools. The company was formerly known as Trident Floatco PLC and changed its name to Ascential plc in January 2016.

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