Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) Share Price

News headlines about Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) have trended positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Edgewell Personal Care earned a news sentiment score of 0.37 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 46.6185977855739 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) traded up $0.44 during trading on Thursday, reaching $48.82. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 906,735 shares, compared to its average volume of 791,475. Edgewell Personal Care has a 12 month low of $46.04 and a 12 month high of $78.04. The company has a current ratio of 2.65, a quick ratio of 1.87 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,564.35, a P/E ratio of -120.95, a P/E/G ratio of 3.46 and a beta of 0.81.

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.57 by ($0.37). Edgewell Personal Care had a negative net margin of 0.92% and a positive return on equity of 11.24%. The business had revenue of $468.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $470.63 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.66 EPS. Edgewell Personal Care’s revenue was down 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Edgewell Personal Care will post 3.83 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Edgewell Personal Care announced that its board has approved a share repurchase plan on Thursday, February 8th that allows the company to repurchase 10,000,000 shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on EPC shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Edgewell Personal Care from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 price objective on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Bank of America lowered shares of Edgewell Personal Care from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Morgan Stanley lowered their price objective on shares of Edgewell Personal Care from $65.00 to $56.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Barclays set a $47.00 price objective on shares of Edgewell Personal Care and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, February 10th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $67.91.

In other news, Director John C. Hunter III purchased 552 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $54.50 per share, with a total value of $30,084.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 4,601 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $250,754.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director R David Hoover purchased 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 6th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $52.94 per share, with a total value of $52,940.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last three months, insiders acquired 10,021 shares of company stock valued at $511,551. 0.97% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Edgewell Personal Care Company Profile

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other.

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