News coverage about Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Acuity Brands earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the electronics maker an impact score of 45.7553194340626 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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A number of research firms have recently commented on AYI. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and set a $198.00 price target on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Roth Capital set a $130.00 price target on shares of Acuity Brands and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Seaport Global Securities restated a “buy” rating and set a $200.00 price target (down from $225.00) on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Wolfe Research lowered shares of Acuity Brands from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Acuity Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $196.23.

Shares of Acuity Brands (NYSE AYI) traded down $1.11 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $158.74. 1,436,819 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 854,293. Acuity Brands has a one year low of $153.28 and a one year high of $225.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $6,692.16, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.80, a PEG ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 1.44. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21, a current ratio of 2.23 and a quick ratio of 1.53.

Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, January 9th. The electronics maker reported $1.81 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.97 by ($0.16). Acuity Brands had a return on equity of 20.08% and a net margin of 8.91%. equities analysts predict that Acuity Brands will post 9 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, January 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.13 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 19th. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.33%. Acuity Brands’s payout ratio is 7.14%.

In other Acuity Brands news, EVP Mark A. Black sold 7,441 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $161.32, for a total transaction of $1,200,382.12. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 30,649 shares in the company, valued at $4,944,296.68. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

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Acuity Brands Company Profile

Acuity Brands, Inc is a provider of lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications throughout North America and other international markets. The Company operates through North American segment. The Company offers a portfolio of indoor and outdoor lighting and building management solutions for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications.

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