Pearson (LON:PSON) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Liberum Capital

Liberum Capital restated their sell rating on shares of Pearson (LON:PSON) in a research report released on Friday, March 22nd, ThisIsMoney.Co.Uk reports.

Several other analysts have also recently commented on PSON. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Pearson to an overweight rating and increased their price target for the company from GBX 850 ($11.11) to GBX 1,050 ($13.72) in a research note on Friday, March 22nd. Kepler Capital Markets reiterated a hold rating on shares of Pearson in a report on Thursday, December 6th. Berenberg Bank reiterated a sell rating and issued a GBX 600 ($7.84) target price on shares of Pearson in a report on Monday, February 25th. Credit Suisse Group increased their target price on shares of Pearson from GBX 815 ($10.65) to GBX 880 ($11.50) and gave the stock an underperform rating in a report on Monday, January 14th. Finally, Barclays raised their price objective on shares of Pearson from GBX 785 ($10.26) to GBX 865 ($11.30) and gave the stock an underweight rating in a report on Monday, January 14th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of GBX 756.45 ($9.88).

Pearson stock traded down GBX 2.20 ($0.03) during trading hours on Friday, hitting GBX 835.80 ($10.92). 1,632,766 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,520,000. The company has a current ratio of 1.58, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 17.22. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.50 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.07. Pearson has a 12 month low of GBX 758.60 ($9.91) and a 12 month high of GBX 1,030 ($13.46).

Pearson (LON:PSON) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 22nd. The company reported GBX 70.30 ($0.92) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of GBX 65.30 ($0.85) by GBX 5 ($0.07). As a group, equities research analysts predict that Pearson will post 5590.00037815496 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 10th. Investors of record on Thursday, April 4th will be issued a dividend of GBX 13 ($0.17) per share. This is an increase from Pearson’s previous dividend of $5.50. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 4th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.47%. Pearson’s payout ratio is presently 0.34%.

Pearson Company Profile

Pearson plc provides educational products and services to institutions, governments, professional bodies, and individual learners worldwide. The company operates through North America, Core, and Growth segments. It offers courseware services, including curriculum materials provided in book form and/or through access to digital content; and assessments, such as test development, processing, and scoring services.

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