News coverage about Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Groupon earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the coupon company an impact score of 44.5836025693983 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

GRPN has been the topic of several analyst reports. Maxim Group reduced their price target on Groupon from $5.50 to $4.25 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, May 4th. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $5.50 price target on shares of Groupon in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Vetr upgraded Groupon from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $4.39 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “underweight” rating and set a $3.20 price target (down previously from $3.50) on shares of Groupon in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $5.50 price target on shares of Groupon in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $4.59.

Shares of Groupon (GRPN) traded down 1.25% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $3.95. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,882,437 shares. The firm’s market capitalization is $2.20 billion. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $3.82 and its 200 day moving average price is $3.72. Groupon has a 1-year low of $2.90 and a 1-year high of $5.80.

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The coupon company reported $0.02 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.04) by $0.06. The company had revenue of $662.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $668.84 million. Groupon had a negative return on equity of 13.08% and a negative net margin of 4.16%. The business’s revenue was down 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned ($0.01) EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Groupon will post $0.12 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, CAO Brian Stevens sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $3.15, for a total transaction of $31,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 204,141 shares in the company, valued at approximately $643,044.15. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Peter J. Barris sold 281,352 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $3.04, for a total value of $855,310.08. Following the transaction, the director now owns 116,923 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $355,445.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 854,071 shares of company stock valued at $3,115,177. Insiders own 23.40% of the company’s stock.

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Groupon Company Profile

Groupon, Inc operates online local commerce marketplaces around the world that connect merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount. The Company operates through three segments: North America, which represents the United States and Canada; EMEA, which consists of Europe, and the Middle East and Africa, and the remainder of its international operations (Rest of World).

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