Media headlines about Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sanderson Farms earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.2054126567637 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Sanderson Farms (SAFM) traded up $0.35 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $140.83. 372,817 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 691,331. Sanderson Farms has a 1-year low of $87.54 and a 1-year high of $176.43. The stock has a market cap of $3,206.48, a P/E ratio of 11.50 and a beta of 0.61.

Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, December 14th. The company reported $3.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.50 by ($0.30). Sanderson Farms had a return on equity of 20.97% and a net margin of 8.34%. The firm had revenue of $919.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $916.07 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $3.36 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 16.3% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Sanderson Farms will post 10.66 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of research analysts have commented on the stock. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $140.00 target price on shares of Sanderson Farms in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Sanderson Farms from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Barclays set a $136.00 target price on shares of Sanderson Farms and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 25th. Stephens reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a $170.00 target price (up previously from $145.00) on shares of Sanderson Farms in a research report on Monday, September 25th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Sanderson Farms from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Sanderson Farms has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $137.80.

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About Sanderson Farms

Sanderson Farms, Inc is a poultry processing company. The Company is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken, and also preparation, processing, marketing and distribution of processed and minimally prepared chicken. It sells ice pack, chill pack, bulk pack and frozen chicken, in whole, cut-up and boneless form, under the Sanderson Farms brand name to retailers, distributors, casual dining operators, customers reselling frozen chicken into export markets.

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