National Instruments Corp (NATI) Receiving Positive News Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI) 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. National Instruments Corp earned a media sentiment score of 0.37 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media headlines about the technology company an impact score of 84 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very 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 National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI) opened at 37.11 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $34.07 and a 200-day moving average of $31.76. The stock has a market cap of $4.81 billion, a PE ratio of 52.34 and a beta of 0.91. National Instruments Corp has a 52 week low of $25.90 and a 52 week high of $37.13.

National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The technology company reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.13 by $0.08. National Instruments Corp had a return on equity of 9.67% and a net margin of 7.12%. The company had revenue of $300.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $300.30 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.16 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that National Instruments Corp will post $0.91 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, May 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.21 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 11th. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.26%. National Instruments Corp’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 125.37%.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG assumed coverage on shares of National Instruments Corp in a report on Tuesday. They set a “hold” rating and a $34.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of National Instruments Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price target on shares of National Instruments Corp from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. National Instruments Corp has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $35.75.

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In other National Instruments Corp news, Director James J. Truchard sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.41, for a total transaction of $81,025.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 9,273,916 shares in the company, valued at $300,567,617.56. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director James J. Truchard sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.77, for a total value of $275,775.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 9,151,416 shares in the company, valued at $336,497,566.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 101,605 shares of company stock worth $3,517,649. Corporate insiders own 10.98% of the company’s stock.

About National Instruments Corp

National Instruments Corporation (NI) designs, manufactures and sells systems to engineers and scientists. The Company offers a line of measurement, automation and control products. It offers products, technology and services, which include system design software, programming tools, application software, modular hardware products and related driver software, production test systems, NI education platform, software products for teaching and hardware products for teaching.

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