Twitter (TWTR) Receiving Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, Study Finds

Headlines about Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) have trended somewhat negative on Wednesday, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Twitter earned a media sentiment score of -1.89 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media stories about the social networking company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Twitter’s score:

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on TWTR shares. Vertical Group raised Twitter from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, January 28th. Wedbush reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Twitter in a research report on Monday, February 11th. Jefferies Financial Group raised their target price on Twitter from $33.00 to $41.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 24th. Oppenheimer raised their target price on Twitter from $33.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 24th. Finally, BTIG Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 target price (up previously from $30.00) on shares of Twitter in a research report on Tuesday, February 12th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have issued a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $39.77.

Shares of TWTR stock opened at $36.93 on Wednesday. Twitter has a twelve month low of $26.19 and a twelve month high of $47.79. The company has a market capitalization of $29.82 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 67.15, a P/E/G ratio of 2.58 and a beta of 0.59. The company has a current ratio of 4.47, a quick ratio of 4.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25.

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 23rd. The social networking company reported $0.37 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.31. Twitter had a return on equity of 8.37% and a net margin of 42.20%. The company had revenue of $787.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $775.16 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.16 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 18.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Twitter will post 0.64 EPS for the current year.

In other Twitter news, CAO Robert Kaiden sold 2,603 shares of Twitter stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.67, for a total value of $79,834.01. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Michael Montano sold 1,250 shares of Twitter stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.67, for a total value of $39,587.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 762,168 shares of company stock worth $24,013,489 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 2.65% of the company’s stock.

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About Twitter

Twitter, Inc operates as a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. The company offers various products and services, including Twitter, a platform that allows users to consume, create, distribute, and discover content; and Periscope, a mobile application that enables user to broadcast and watch video live with others.

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