Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Wingstop (WING) Stock Price

News coverage about Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Wingstop earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 45.0627037002685 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.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Wingstop (NASDAQ WING) opened at $40.91 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $1,208.60, a price-to-earnings ratio of 57.69, a PEG ratio of 2.93 and a beta of 0.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.37, a quick ratio of 0.89 and a current ratio of 0.89. Wingstop has a twelve month low of $24.74 and a twelve month high of $43.25.

Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.17 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $26.03 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.13 million. Wingstop had a net margin of 20.70% and a negative return on equity of 32.39%. Wingstop’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.13 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Wingstop will post 0.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a None dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 4th will be issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 1st. This represents a dividend yield of 0.77%. Wingstop’s dividend payout ratio is currently 19.44%.

WING has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price target on shares of Wingstop in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of Wingstop from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $35.00 to $40.00 in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Wingstop from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Longbow Research began coverage on shares of Wingstop in a research report on Friday, October 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $28.00 target price on shares of Wingstop in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $37.50.

In other news, Director Michael J. Hislop sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.03, for a total transaction of $205,150.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Flynn Dekker sold 16,350 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.77, for a total transaction of $584,839.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.76% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Wingstop

Wingstop Inc is franchisor and operator of restaurants that specializes in cooked-to-order, hand-sauced and tossed chicken wings. The Company operates through two segments: Franchise and Company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company offers its guests 11 flavors on bone-in and boneless chicken wings paired with hand-cut, seasoned fries and sides.

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