Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of 0.19

Headlines about Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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. Pool earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.3707693262012 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Pool (NASDAQ POOL) traded down $1.26 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $143.09. The company had a trading volume of 69,078 shares, compared to its average volume of 222,541. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.28, a quick ratio of 0.76 and a current ratio of 2.43. Pool has a 12 month low of $97.25 and a 12 month high of $150.26. The company has a market cap of $5,898.65, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.69 and a beta of 0.87.

Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The specialty retailer reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by $0.04. Pool had a return on equity of 70.46% and a net margin of 6.87%. The company had revenue of $510.18 million for the quarter. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.06 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Pool will post 5.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Investors of record on Friday, March 16th will be paid a dividend of $0.37 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 15th. This represents a $1.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.03%. Pool’s payout ratio is 32.82%.

Several brokerages have issued reports on POOL. BidaskClub lowered Pool from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Pool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $161.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $158.00 target price on shares of Pool in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Finally, Stephens set a $160.00 target price on Pool and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. Pool presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $147.60.

In related news, VP Arthur D. Cook sold 48,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $148.00, for a total transaction of $7,104,000.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 103,633 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,337,684. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Romain Kenneth G. St sold 40,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.96, for a total value of $5,838,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 105,308 shares in the company, valued at $15,370,755.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 135,200 shares of company stock worth $19,628,348. 7.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Pool

Pool Corporation is a distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. The Company is a distributor of irrigation and landscape products in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 344 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through its four distribution networks, including SCP Distributors (SCP), Superior Pool Products (Superior), Horizon Distributors (Horizon) and National Pool Tile (NPT).

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