Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) Receives Coverage Optimism Score of 0.17

Media stories about Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Pacific Ethanol earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.4306822481832 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) traded up $0.05 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $4.40. 162,600 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 298,442. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 2.30. The company has a market capitalization of $186.88, a PE ratio of -19.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.44 and a beta of 1.84. Pacific Ethanol has a one year low of $3.55 and a one year high of $9.35.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Pacific Ethanol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. B. Riley assumed coverage on shares of Pacific Ethanol in a research report on Tuesday, November 28th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $7.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, HC Wainwright restated a “buy” rating and issued a $14.00 price objective on shares of Pacific Ethanol in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. Pacific Ethanol has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $10.20.

In related news, Director William L. Jones sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $4.30, for a total value of $86,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 56,903 shares in the company, valued at $244,682.90. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 3.87% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Pacific Ethanol

Pacific Ethanol, Inc (Pacific Ethanol) is a marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States. Pacific Ethanol markets all the ethanol produced by four ethanol production facilities located in California, Idaho and Oregon, or the Pacific Ethanol Plants, all the ethanol produced by three other ethanol producers in the Western United States and ethanol purchased from other third-party suppliers throughout the United States.

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