Media coverage about BAE Systems (LON:BA) has trended negative this week, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. BAE Systems earned a news impact score of -2.42 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news headlines about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted BAE Systems’ ranking:
- BAE Systems appoints new president of US business (janes.com)
- UDT 2019: BAE Systems posits new approach to unmanned underwater systems on submarines (janes.com)
- BAE Systems’ (BA) Neutral Rating Reaffirmed at UBS Group (americanbankingnews.com)
- Tactical Data Link: The Next Booming Market in the World| Bae Systems, General Dynamics, L3 Technologies (marketwatch.com)
- BAE adds president title to COO Arsenault (washingtontechnology.com)
Shares of BA stock opened at GBX 466 ($6.09) on Friday. BAE Systems has a 12 month low of GBX 441.50 ($5.77) and a 12 month high of GBX 680.20 ($8.89). The firm has a market cap of $14.91 billion and a PE ratio of 14.94. The company has a current ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 76.88.
The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 3rd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, April 18th will be issued a dividend of GBX 13.20 ($0.17) per share. This represents a dividend yield of 2.62%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 18th. This is a boost from BAE Systems’s previous dividend of $9.00. BAE Systems’s payout ratio is 0.83%.
BA has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Societe Generale cut their price target on shares of BAE Systems from GBX 620 ($8.10) to GBX 585 ($7.64) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 23rd. Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Friday, March 22nd. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 588 ($7.68) price target (down previously from GBX 634 ($8.28)) on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Tuesday, March 5th. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Monday, March 4th. Finally, Berenberg Bank lifted their price target on shares of BAE Systems from GBX 560 ($7.32) to GBX 590 ($7.71) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, March 11th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of GBX 608.58 ($7.95).
In other news, insider Peter Lynas sold 13,418 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 495 ($6.47), for a total transaction of £66,419.10 ($86,788.32). Also, insider Jerry DeMuro sold 16,363 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 462 ($6.04), for a total transaction of £75,597.06 ($98,780.95). In the last 90 days, insiders have bought 94 shares of company stock worth $45,068.
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BAE Systems Company Profile
BAE Systems plc operates as a defense, aerospace, and security company worldwide. Its Electronic Systems segment offers electronic warfare systems and electro-optical sensors, military and commercial digital engine and flight controls, precision guidance and seeker solutions, military communication systems and data links, persistent surveillance systems, and hybrid electric drive systems.
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