News articles about Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Pool earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.3079105317885 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:
- The characters in yours, and every, March Madness office pool (fansided.com)
- These Are the Top Companies to Work for, According to LinkedIn (thrillist.com)
- A new YMCA is opening this spring in Meridian. Why doesn’t it have a pool? (idahostatesman.com)
- Teen gang kick and stamp on man, 49, left lying in pool of blood as tram passengers look on in unprovoked three-minute attack caught on CCTV (thesun.co.uk)
- ‘F*** that, it’s getting stupid money now’: Millionaire Ukip councillor who caused death of handyman buried alive while building his pool after refusing to pay £480 for safety … (dailymail.co.uk)
POOL has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. BidaskClub raised shares of Pool from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Stephens set a $160.00 price objective on shares of Pool and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $158.00 price objective on shares of Pool in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $161.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $147.60.
Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The specialty retailer reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by $0.04. Pool had a net margin of 6.87% and a return on equity of 70.46%. The firm had revenue of $510.18 million for the quarter. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.06 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 14.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Pool will post 5.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Investors of record on Friday, March 16th will be given a $0.37 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 15th. This represents a $1.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.03%. Pool’s dividend payout ratio is 32.82%.
In other Pool news, VP Arthur D. Cook sold 48,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $148.00, for a total transaction of $7,104,000.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 103,633 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,337,684. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Romain Kenneth G. St sold 40,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.96, for a total transaction of $5,838,400.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 105,308 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $15,370,755.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 128,000 shares of company stock worth $18,685,004 over the last quarter. 7.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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Pool Corporation is a distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. The Company is a distributor of irrigation and landscape products in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 344 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through its four distribution networks, including SCP Distributors (SCP), Superior Pool Products (Superior), Horizon Distributors (Horizon) and National Pool Tile (NPT).
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