BAE Systems (LON:BA) Receives Media Impact Score of -1.50

Media headlines about BAE Systems (LON:BA) have trended somewhat negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. BAE Systems earned a coverage optimism score of -1.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news stories about the company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted BAE Systems’ score:

Several research firms have recently issued reports on BA. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 530 ($6.93) price objective on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Wednesday, July 17th. Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating and set a GBX 600 ($7.84) price objective on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Thursday, June 27th. Barclays restated an “equal weight” rating and set a GBX 550 ($7.19) price objective on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Monday, September 9th. UBS Group restated a “neutral” rating on shares of BAE Systems in a report on Thursday, September 12th. Finally, Deutsche Bank cut their price objective on shares of BAE Systems from GBX 690 ($9.02) to GBX 685 ($8.95) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 12th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of GBX 585.89 ($7.66).

Shares of LON:BA opened at GBX 539.80 ($7.05) on Friday. BAE Systems has a twelve month low of GBX 439.40 ($5.74) and a twelve month high of GBX 590.80 ($7.72). The company’s 50 day moving average is GBX 558.22 and its 200 day moving average is GBX 513.31. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 90.79. The company has a market cap of $17.30 billion and a PE ratio of 13.04.

The firm also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 2nd. Investors of record on Thursday, October 17th will be issued a GBX 9.40 ($0.12) dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 17th. This represents a yield of 1.7%. BAE Systems’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 0.46%.

About BAE Systems

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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