eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

News stories about eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. eHealth earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 83 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH) traded up 0.83% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $18.13. 54,325 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a market capitalization of $334.15 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.86 and a beta of 1.60. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $18.19 and a 200-day moving average of $13.42. eHealth has a one year low of $6.38 and a one year high of $19.53.

eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The financial services provider reported $1.81 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.26 by $1.55. eHealth had a return on equity of 11.84% and a net margin of 5.47%. The firm had revenue of $78.94 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $69.97 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.10 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that eHealth will post ($1.01) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms recently issued reports on EHTH. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $20.00 price target on shares of eHealth in a research note on Thursday, May 11th. TheStreet raised shares of eHealth from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of eHealth from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC boosted their price target on shares of eHealth from $15.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, May 11th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $18.40.

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In other news, insider James E. Flynn sold 150,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $11.00, for a total transaction of $1,650,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider James E. Flynn sold 426,954 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.66, for a total value of $4,978,283.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 809,055 shares of company stock worth $9,269,593 in the last quarter. Insiders own 6.22% of the company’s stock.

About eHealth

eHealth, Inc provides a private online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses. The Company is the parent company of eHealthInsurance, a private health insurance exchange where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance products from various insurers side-by-side, and purchase and enroll in coverage online through its Websites (www.eHealth.com, www.eHealthInsurance.com, www.eHealthMedicare.com, www.Medicare.com and www.PlanPrescriber.com) or telephonically through its customer care centers.

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