Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on PSO shares. Exane BNP Paribas upgraded shares of Pearson from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 5th. BNP Paribas upgraded shares of Pearson from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Pearson from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 15th. UBS Group upgraded shares of Pearson from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, April 29th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Pearson in a research note on Wednesday, March 31st.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Geneos Wealth Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Pearson by 5.4% during the 1st quarter. Geneos Wealth Management Inc. now owns 32,562 shares of the company’s stock valued at $374,000 after buying an additional 1,668 shares in the last quarter. Advisor Partners LLC lifted its stake in shares of Pearson by 3.3% during the 1st quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 42,839 shares of the company’s stock valued at $458,000 after buying an additional 1,364 shares in the last quarter. Optiver Holding B.V. purchased a new position in shares of Pearson during the 1st quarter valued at $1,727,000. Morgan Stanley lifted its stake in shares of Pearson by 3.9% during the 1st quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 107,325 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,147,000 after buying an additional 4,022 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schonfeld Strategic Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Pearson during the 1st quarter valued at $554,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 1.55% of the company’s stock.

PSO stock traded up $0.08 on Friday, hitting $11.74. The company had a trading volume of 4,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 157,567. Pearson has a 12-month low of $6.13 and a 12-month high of $12.39. The company has a current ratio of 2.13, a quick ratio of 2.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34. The company has a 50-day moving average of $11.83. The company has a market capitalization of $8.88 billion, a PE ratio of 31.51, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.19 and a beta of 0.37.

About Pearson

Pearson plc provides educational materials and learning technologies. The company operates in four segments: Global Online Learning, Global Assessment, North America Courseware, and International. It provides test development, processing, and scoring services to governments, educational institutions, corporations, and professional bodies.

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