Press coverage about Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Walgreens Boots Alliance earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the pharmacy operator an impact score of 47.0018388837962 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Q3 2018 Earnings Estimate for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA) Issued By Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com)
- Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Given a $93.00 Price Target at Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com)
- Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Rating Increased to Hold at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Jefferies Group Analysts Lift Earnings Estimates for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Jefferies Group Reiterates “$85.00” Price Target for Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) (americanbankingnews.com)
NASDAQ WBA opened at $65.51 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $62,643.51, a P/E ratio of 12.85, a P/E/G ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 1.16. Walgreens Boots Alliance has a twelve month low of $61.74 and a twelve month high of $87.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 0.90 and a quick ratio of 0.45.
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 2.44%. Walgreens Boots Alliance’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 31.37%.
Several brokerages have commented on WBA. Pivotal Research set a $73.00 price objective on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Vetr upgraded shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Loop Capital set a $90.00 price target on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $84.14.
In other news, insider Stefano Pessina purchased 98,858 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 15th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $76.07 per share, with a total value of $7,520,128.06. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 14.80% of the company’s stock.
About Walgreens Boots Alliance
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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