Media headlines about Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:HRZN) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Horizon Technology Finance Corporation earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the investment management company an impact score of 45.2571413286913 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Shares of Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:HRZN) opened at 10.23 on Friday. Horizon Technology Finance Corporation has a one year low of $9.64 and a one year high of $13.79. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $11.01 and a 200 day moving average price of $11.17.

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:HRZN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The investment management company reported $0.24 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.27 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $5.88 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $6.71 million. Horizon Technology Finance Corporation had a positive return on equity of 10.24% and a negative net margin of 6.72%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 35.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.39 EPS. Analysts predict that Horizon Technology Finance Corporation will post $1.09 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, October 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 11.73%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, October 18th. Horizon Technology Finance Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently -749.95%.

Several brokerages have recently commented on HRZN. National Securities restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $11.00 price objective on shares of Horizon Technology Finance Corporation in a research report on Monday, May 8th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Horizon Technology Finance Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $11.00 price objective on shares of Horizon Technology Finance Corporation in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. UBS AG downgraded Horizon Technology Finance Corporation from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Compass Point upgraded Horizon Technology Finance Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $10.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 21st. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Horizon Technology Finance Corporation presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.20.

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About Horizon Technology Finance Corporation

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation is an externally managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize investment portfolio’s total return by generating current income from the debt investments it makes and capital appreciation from the warrants it receives when making such debt investments.

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