Mattel (MAT) Getting Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

News headlines about Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) have been trending positive recently, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Mattel earned a media sentiment score of 0.40 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 74 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected AlphaOne’s analysis:

Shares of Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) opened at 22.15 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $23.45 and its 200 day moving average is $26.96. Mattel has a 12 month low of $21.55 and a 12 month high of $34.24. The stock has a market cap of $7.59 billion, a PE ratio of 27.79 and a beta of 0.90.

Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 20th. The company reported ($0.32) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.17) by $0.15. Mattel had a net margin of 5.83% and a return on equity of 15.52%. The firm had revenue of $735.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $797.60 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned ($0.14) earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 15.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that Mattel will post $1.20 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 9th. Investors of record on Friday, May 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.86%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 17th. Mattel’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 167.03%.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. B. Riley reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 target price on shares of Mattel in a report on Tuesday, January 31st. MKM Partners reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $27.00 price target (down previously from $36.00) on shares of Mattel in a research note on Thursday, January 26th. Jefferies Group LLC cut their price target on shares of Mattel to $32.00 in a research note on Thursday, January 26th. Monness Crespi & Hardt cut their price target on shares of Mattel from $37.00 to $34.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 26th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc initiated coverage on shares of Mattel in a research note on Monday, February 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $27.00 price target for the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $30.88.

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In related news, Director Dean A. Scarborough acquired 47,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 24th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $21.95 per share, for a total transaction of $1,031,650.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 77,573 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,702,727.35. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Company insiders own 0.88% of the company’s stock.

About Mattel

Mattel, Inc manufactures and markets a range of toy products around the world. The Company’s segments are North America; International, and American Girl. Its portfolio of brands and products are grouped into approximately four major brand categories, including Mattel Girls & Boys Brands, Fisher-Price Brands, American Girl Brands and Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands.

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