News coverage about Carnival (NYSE:CUK) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Carnival earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 45.5755605535256 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Carnival (NYSE CUK) opened at $67.09 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,021.93, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.69 and a beta of 0.77. Carnival has a 52 week low of $56.01 and a 52 week high of $72.29. The company has a quick ratio of 0.14, a current ratio of 0.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29.
Carnival (NYSE:CUK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 19th. The company reported $0.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $4.26 billion for the quarter. Carnival had a return on equity of 11.78% and a net margin of 14.88%. research analysts predict that Carnival will post 4.15 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 23rd will be paid a $0.45 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a $1.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.68%. Carnival’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 50.14%.
In related news, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 5,000 shares of Carnival stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.41, for a total transaction of $332,050.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 132,376 shares in the company, valued at $8,791,090.16. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Stein Kruse sold 60,665 shares of Carnival stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.59, for a total value of $4,039,682.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 298,323 shares of company stock worth $20,079,863. Company insiders own 0.03% of the company’s stock.
Carnival plc is a leisure travel company. The Company’s segments include North America, and Europe, Australia & Asia (EAA). Its North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises (Princess), Holland America Line and Seabourn. Its EAA segment includes Costa Cruises (Costa), AIDA Cruises (AIDA), P&O Cruises (the United Kingdom), P&O Cruises (Australia) and Cunard.
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