Xcerra (XCRA) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Shows

News stories about Xcerra (NASDAQ:XCRA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Xcerra earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.4779492589688 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

XCRA has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Xcerra from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Xcerra from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Xcerra from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.40.

Shares of Xcerra (XCRA) traded up $0.02 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $10.04. 292,500 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 421,538. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05, a quick ratio of 3.23 and a current ratio of 4.27. The stock has a market cap of $549.37, a P/E ratio of 13.94, a PEG ratio of 0.86 and a beta of 1.59. Xcerra has a 12-month low of $7.21 and a 12-month high of $10.15.

Xcerra (NASDAQ:XCRA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 29th. The semiconductor company reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by $0.14. The firm had revenue of $120.29 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $108.30 million. Xcerra had a net margin of 9.30% and a return on equity of 14.63%. equities research analysts forecast that Xcerra will post 0.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, VP Pascal Ronde sold 30,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.96, for a total transaction of $298,800.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 277,250 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,761,410. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Xcerra

Xcerra Corporation is a provider of test and handling capital equipment, interface products, test fixtures and related services to the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industries. The Company operates through six segments: Semiconductor Test, Semiconductor Handlers, Contactors, PCB Test, Probes/Pins and Fixtures.

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