News coverage about Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Royal Caribbean Cruises earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.4929981778944 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Optimistic Trending Companies: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL), WW Grainger, Inc. (GWW) – Market Movers (financialqz.com)
- Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) Cut to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Q2 2018 EPS Estimates for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) Lifted by SunTrust Banks (americanbankingnews.com)
- Q2 2018 Earnings Forecast for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) Issued By William Blair (americanbankingnews.com)
- Royal Caribbean To Hold Conference Call On Fourth Quarter 2017 Earnings (finance.yahoo.com)
Several research analysts have recently commented on RCL shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $130.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. ValuEngine lowered shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Argus increased their price target on shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from $135.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Deutsche Bank increased their price target on shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from $114.00 to $118.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, Macquarie lowered shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $120.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Royal Caribbean Cruises presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $128.54.
Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $3.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.43 by $0.06. Royal Caribbean Cruises had a net margin of 18.41% and a return on equity of 16.64%. The business had revenue of $2.57 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.57 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $3.20 EPS. Royal Caribbean Cruises’s revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Royal Caribbean Cruises will post 7.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 5th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 21st were paid a $0.60 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 20th. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.86%. Royal Caribbean Cruises’s payout ratio is presently 32.04%.
In related news, CEO Richard D. Fain sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $128.10, for a total value of $2,562,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 807,741 shares in the company, valued at approximately $103,471,622.10. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders sold a total of 60,000 shares of company stock worth $7,497,200 over the last quarter. 15.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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Royal Caribbean Cruises Company Profile
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a cruise company. The Company owns and operates three global cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises (Global Brands). The Company also own joint venture interest in the German brand TUI Cruises, interest in the Spanish brand Pullmantur and interest in the Chinese brand SkySea Cruises (collectively, Partner Brands).
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