Shares of Pearson, PLC (NYSE:PSO) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and three have given a buy recommendation to the company.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Pearson, PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Macquarie raised Pearson, PLC from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Deutsche Bank AG cut Pearson, PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. BNP Paribas raised Pearson, PLC from an “underperform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Pearson, PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th.

Shares of Pearson, PLC (PSO) traded up 1.11% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $8.18. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 329,284 shares. Pearson, PLC has a 12 month low of $7.04 and a 12 month high of $10.31. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $7.87 and a 200 day moving average of $8.37. The company’s market cap is $6.67 billion.

The company also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 20th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 18th were given a dividend of $0.065 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 16th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.6%.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Royal Bank of Canada boosted its position in Pearson, PLC by 45.8% during the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 905,813 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,125,000 after purchasing an additional 284,612 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp boosted its position in Pearson, PLC by 6.7% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 726,814 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,520,000 after purchasing an additional 45,855 shares during the last quarter. UBS Group AG boosted its position in Pearson, PLC by 22.3% during the first quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 491,555 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,168,000 after purchasing an additional 89,765 shares during the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC boosted its position in Pearson, PLC by 16.2% during the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 479,919 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,305,000 after purchasing an additional 66,839 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its position in Pearson, PLC by 1,685.5% during the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 382,664 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,245,000 after purchasing an additional 361,232 shares during the last quarter. 1.64% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Pearson, PLC

Pearson plc (Pearson) is a learning company. The Company delivers learning through providing a range of educational products and services to institutions, governments, professional bodies and individual learners. The Company operates through three segments, which include North America, Core and Growth.

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