Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO) Receives Consensus Rating of “Hold” from Analysts


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Shares of Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the fifteen brokerages that are covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company.

A number of research firms have weighed in on PSO. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Pearson from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 20th. Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Pearson from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 21st. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Pearson in a report on Wednesday, March 31st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded Pearson from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 27th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reiterated an “underperform” rating on shares of Pearson in a report on Tuesday, March 9th.

NYSE PSO traded down $0.03 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $10.94. 125,632 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 323,349. The stock has a 50 day simple moving average of $10.88 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $9.22. Pearson has a 1 year low of $5.08 and a 1 year high of $11.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 1.94 and a quick ratio of 1.82. The company has a market cap of $8.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.78 and a beta of 0.37.

The firm also recently announced a semi-annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 26th will be paid a dividend of $0.1885 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 25th. This is a boost from Pearson’s previous semi-annual dividend of $0.08. This represents a dividend yield of 2.3%. Pearson’s payout ratio is 51.35%.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Capital Asset Advisory Services LLC grew its stake in shares of Pearson by 2.5% in the third quarter. Capital Asset Advisory Services LLC now owns 50,697 shares of the company’s stock worth $360,000 after acquiring an additional 1,225 shares during the last quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Pearson by 2.6% during the fourth quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. now owns 76,089 shares of the company’s stock valued at $698,000 after purchasing an additional 1,913 shares in the last quarter. Comerica Bank lifted its holdings in shares of Pearson by 5.0% during the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 40,579 shares of the company’s stock valued at $394,000 after purchasing an additional 1,936 shares in the last quarter. Citigroup Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Pearson by 10.4% during the fourth quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 24,213 shares of the company’s stock valued at $222,000 after purchasing an additional 2,281 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Susquehanna International Group LLP lifted its holdings in shares of Pearson by 12.4% during the fourth quarter. Susquehanna International Group LLP now owns 24,033 shares of the company’s stock valued at $221,000 after purchasing an additional 2,648 shares in the last quarter.

Pearson Company Profile

Pearson plc provides educational materials and learning technologies. The company operates in four segments: Global Online Learning, Global Assessment, North America Courseware, and International. It provides test development, processing, and scoring services to governments, educational institutions, corporations, and professional bodies.

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