Media coverage about Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Molina Healthcare earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 45.293126292247 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

MOH has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Molina Healthcare from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Jefferies Group boosted their price target on shares of Molina Healthcare from $64.00 to $74.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Wolfe Research raised shares of Molina Healthcare from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Molina Healthcare from $68.00 to $89.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Molina Healthcare from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Molina Healthcare presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $64.25.

Shares of Molina Healthcare (MOH) traded up $1.56 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $77.42. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 568,301 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,256,261. The company has a market cap of $4,330.00, a PE ratio of -14.69 and a beta of 0.97. Molina Healthcare has a 12-month low of $42.56 and a 12-month high of $80.74. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 1.29 and a quick ratio of 1.29.

Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported ($1.62) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by ($1.85). The firm had revenue of $5.03 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.95 billion. Molina Healthcare had a positive return on equity of 17.76% and a negative net margin of 1.76%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.85 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Molina Healthcare will post -3.88 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Daniel Cooperman sold 4,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.79, for a total transaction of $354,555.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 9,087 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $715,964.73. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director John C. Molina sold 19,885 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.47, for a total value of $1,500,720.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 727,703 shares of company stock valued at $52,619,632. 6.20% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare, Inc offers Medicaid-related solutions for low-income families and individuals, and assists government agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. The Company operates through three segments: Health Plans, Molina Medicaid Solutions and Other, which includes its Pathways Health and Community Support LLC (Pathways) business.

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