Morneau Shepell (TSE:MSI) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

Press coverage about Morneau Shepell (TSE:MSI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Morneau Shepell earned a daily sentiment score of 0.60 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the company an news buzz score of 5 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

MSI stock traded down C$0.49 during trading on Friday, reaching C$31.28. The stock had a trading volume of 76,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 99,595. The firm has a fifty day moving average price of C$32.28 and a 200 day moving average price of C$30.48. The company has a market capitalization of $2.04 billion and a P/E ratio of 230.00. Morneau Shepell has a 1-year low of C$23.64 and a 1-year high of C$33.34. The company has a current ratio of 1.81, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 102.92.

Morneau Shepell (TSE:MSI) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 8th. The company reported C$0.10 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of C$0.16 by C($0.06). The firm had revenue of C$212.67 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of C$211.50 million. Sell-side analysts predict that Morneau Shepell will post 0.8 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 31st will be given a $0.065 dividend. This represents a $0.78 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.49%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, October 30th. Morneau Shepell’s payout ratio is currently 573.53%.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. CIBC boosted their price objective on shares of Morneau Shepell from C$32.00 to C$35.00 in a report on Monday, August 12th. National Bank Financial boosted their price objective on shares of Morneau Shepell from C$32.00 to C$35.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, August 9th. Finally, TD Securities boosted their price objective on shares of Morneau Shepell from C$34.00 to C$36.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 1st.

About Morneau Shepell

Morneau Shepell Inc operates as a human resources consulting and technology company in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company provides health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions to assist employers in managing the financial security, health, and productivity of their employees.

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