Virtu Financial (VIRT) Given News Impact Rating of 0.19

News articles about Virtu Financial (NASDAQ:VIRT) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Virtu Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.6226142900402 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Virtu Financial (VIRT) opened at $26.50 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23, a quick ratio of 0.63 and a current ratio of 0.63. The stock has a market capitalization of $3,884.61, a PE ratio of 165.64 and a beta of 0.43. Virtu Financial has a twelve month low of $13.10 and a twelve month high of $26.75.

Virtu Financial (NASDAQ:VIRT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The financial services provider reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.12 by $0.10. Virtu Financial had a return on equity of 11.56% and a net margin of 0.13%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.24 EPS. equities analysts expect that Virtu Financial will post 0.41 earnings per share for the current year.

Virtu Financial announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback program on Thursday, February 8th that authorizes the company to buyback $50.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the financial services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often an indication that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on VIRT. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Virtu Financial from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $20.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Virtu Financial from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, February 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded Virtu Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, December 2nd. Finally, TheStreet downgraded Virtu Financial from a “c-” rating to a “d+” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $18.38.

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About Virtu Financial

Virtu Financial, Inc is a holding company. The Company is a technology-enabled market maker and liquidity provider to the financial markets across the world. It is engaged in buying or selling a range of securities and other financial instruments and earning small bid/ask spreads across various transactions.

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