Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact International Business Machines (IBM) Stock Price

News stories about International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news 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. International Business Machines earned a news impact score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the technology company an impact score of 45.7034362055474 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of brokerages have issued reports on IBM. Berenberg Bank set a $125.00 price objective on shares of International Business Machines and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Vetr downgraded shares of International Business Machines from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $160.68 price target on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Tigress Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of International Business Machines in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Pivotal Research assumed coverage on shares of International Business Machines in a report on Friday, October 27th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $180.00 price objective for the company. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of International Business Machines in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have given a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $159.24.

Shares of International Business Machines (NYSE IBM) opened at $152.50 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.09, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 1.36. The stock has a market cap of $141,183.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.16, a P/E/G ratio of 2.23 and a beta of 0.94. International Business Machines has a 52-week low of $139.13 and a 52-week high of $182.79.

International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The technology company reported $3.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.28 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $19.15 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $18.63 billion. International Business Machines had a net margin of 14.43% and a return on equity of 68.68%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $3.29 EPS. equities analysts forecast that International Business Machines will post 13.8 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Saturday, December 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 10th were issued a dividend of $1.50 per share. This represents a $6.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.93%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 9th. International Business Machines’s dividend payout ratio is 50.13%.

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International Business Machines Company Profile

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is a technology company. The Company operates through five segments: Cognitive Solutions, Global Business Services (GBS), Technology Services & Cloud Platforms, Systems and Global Financing. The Cognitive Solutions segment delivers a spectrum of capabilities, from descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to cognitive systems.

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