News stories about Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Walgreens Boots Alliance earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the pharmacy operator an impact score of 47.0018388837962 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Walgreens to pay $5.5M for overcharging workers comp program in Mass. (finance.yahoo.com)
- The Capstone Report Provides Analysis of Rhode Island Commercial Real Estate Market (prweb.com)
- Highly Effective REMBRANDT® Teeth Whitening Strips Hit Shelves at Major Retailers Nationwide (prnewswire.com)
- Hot Stock That Must Be in Your Portfolio – Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) EPS Estimated At $1.55 – Thе Malibu Rеpоrt (malibureport.com)
Shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) traded down $0.57 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $66.05. The company had a trading volume of 4,229,384 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,726,035. Walgreens Boots Alliance has a one year low of $63.82 and a one year high of $87.79. The company has a quick ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 0.96 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48. The stock has a market capitalization of $66,939.50, a P/E ratio of 18.25, a PEG ratio of 1.11 and a beta of 1.21.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 12th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th were given a dividend of $0.40 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.42%. Walgreens Boots Alliance’s payout ratio is 44.20%.
A number of equities analysts have recently commented on WBA shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, January 22nd. Vetr raised Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $94.00 price target on Walgreens Boots Alliance and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 16th. Needham & Company LLC cut their price target on Walgreens Boots Alliance to $86.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $80.00 price objective on Walgreens Boots Alliance and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Walgreens Boots Alliance currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $84.75.
In other news, insider Stefano Pessina purchased 98,858 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, January 15th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $76.07 per share, for a total transaction of $7,520,128.06. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Company insiders own 14.80% of the company’s stock.
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Walgreens Boots Alliance Company Profile
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc (Walgreens Boots Alliance) is a holding company. The Company is a global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Walgreens Boots Alliance operates through three divisions, including Retail Pharmacy USA, Retail Pharmacy International and Pharmaceutical Wholesale. The Company’s products are marketed under a number of brands, which include No7, the Botanics range, Almus (generic medicines), Boots Pharmaceuticals and Soap & Glory (bathing and beauty brand).
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