Leucadia National (NYSE:LUK) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Accern Reports

Headlines about Leucadia National (NYSE:LUK) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Leucadia National earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the conglomerate an impact score of 46.1339335611391 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

LUK has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Leucadia National from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. TheStreet downgraded shares of Leucadia National from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd.

Leucadia National stock traded down $0.09 on Thursday, reaching $23.07. 248,091 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,801,287. Leucadia National has a 12-month low of $22.23 and a 12-month high of $28.30. The company has a current ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 0.64 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. The company has a market capitalization of $8,261.50, a P/E ratio of 52.64, a P/E/G ratio of 0.71 and a beta of 1.30.

Leucadia National (NYSE:LUK) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 22nd. The conglomerate reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $2.94 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.91 billion. Leucadia National had a net margin of 1.81% and a return on equity of 6.25%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.37 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Leucadia National will post 1.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Monday, March 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.73%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 16th. Leucadia National’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 90.91%.

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About Leucadia National

Leucadia National Corporation (Leucadia) is a diversified holding company focused on return on investment and long-term value. The Company’s segments, based on requirements are Jefferies, National Beef, and Corporate and other. Jefferies is a global full-service, integrated securities and investment banking firm.

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