News articles about Kroger (NYSE:KR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kroger earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 46.575541612282 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Kroger (KR) Given a $27.00 Price Target by Morgan Stanley Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
- Kroger, workers have new labor agreement (whio.com)
- Kroger expanding curbside pick-up (chainstoreage.com)
- Boxed rejects Kroger’s $400M offer (finance.yahoo.com)
- Are Investors Too Bearish on Kroger? (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on KR shares. Goldman Sachs Group restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $22.00 price target on shares of Kroger in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Citigroup raised their price target on Kroger from $30.00 to $33.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. ValuEngine cut Kroger from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut Kroger from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, Jefferies Group upgraded Kroger from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the company from $26.98 to $33.00 in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Sixteen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Kroger has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $27.36.
Kroger (NYSE:KR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 8th. The company reported $0.63 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63. The business had revenue of $31.03 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $30.81 billion. Kroger had a return on equity of 29.27% and a net margin of 1.55%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.53 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Kroger will post 2.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, February 15th were paid a dividend of $0.125 per share. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.08%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 14th. Kroger’s payout ratio is currently 29.76%.
In other Kroger news, VP Todd A. Foley sold 3,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.43, for a total value of $92,834.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 31,273 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $763,999.39. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, VP Michael Joseph Donnelly sold 40,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.64, for a total value of $1,225,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 319,124 shares in the company, valued at $9,777,959.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 110,130 shares of company stock worth $3,187,062. Corporate insiders own 0.87% of the company’s stock.
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Kroger Company Profile
The Kroger Co (Kroger) manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. The Company operates supermarkets, multi-department stores, jewelry stores and convenience stores throughout the United States. As of January 28, 2017, it had operated approximately 4,000 owned or leased supermarkets, convenience stores, fine jewelry stores, distribution warehouses and food production plants through divisions, subsidiaries or affiliates.
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