BAE Systems (BA) Earns News Impact Rating of 0.33

News headlines about BAE Systems (LON:BA) have trended neutral this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. BAE Systems earned a media sentiment score of 0.33 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media coverage about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted BAE Systems’ score:

Several brokerages have recently commented on BA. Societe Generale reduced their target price on BAE Systems from GBX 620 ($8.10) to GBX 585 ($7.64) and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 23rd. Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of BAE Systems in a research note on Friday, March 22nd. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 588 ($7.68) price target (down previously from GBX 634 ($8.28)) on shares of BAE Systems in a research note on Tuesday, March 5th. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of BAE Systems in a research note on Monday, March 4th. Finally, Berenberg Bank lifted their price target on BAE Systems from GBX 560 ($7.32) to GBX 590 ($7.71) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 11th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of GBX 608.58 ($7.95).

BA stock opened at GBX 465 ($6.08) on Thursday. The stock has a market cap of $14.88 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 76.88, a current ratio of 1.03 and a quick ratio of 0.81. BAE Systems has a 52-week low of GBX 441.50 ($5.77) and a 52-week high of GBX 680.20 ($8.89).

The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 3rd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, April 18th will be paid a dividend of GBX 13.20 ($0.17) per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 18th. This represents a yield of 2.62%. This is an increase from BAE Systems’s previous dividend of $9.00. BAE Systems’s payout ratio is 0.83%.

In other BAE Systems news, insider Peter Lynas sold 13,418 shares of BAE Systems stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 495 ($6.47), for a total transaction of £66,419.10 ($86,788.32). Also, insider Jerry DeMuro sold 16,363 shares of BAE Systems stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 462 ($6.04), for a total value of £75,597.06 ($98,780.95).

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About BAE Systems

BAE Systems plc operates as a defense, aerospace, and security company worldwide. Its Electronic Systems segment offers electronic warfare systems and electro-optical sensors, military and commercial digital engine and flight controls, precision guidance and seeker solutions, military communication systems and data links, persistent surveillance systems, and hybrid electric drive systems.

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