Media headlines about J M Smucker (NYSE:SJM) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. J M Smucker earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 46.196604330953 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

J M Smucker (NYSE SJM) traded down $1.10 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $126.94. The company had a trading volume of 1,084,215 shares, compared to its average volume of 885,306. J M Smucker has a 1 year low of $99.57 and a 1 year high of $143.68. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,420.00, a P/E ratio of 25.70, a PEG ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 0.66. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, a current ratio of 0.96 and a quick ratio of 0.42.

J M Smucker (NYSE:SJM) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $2.02 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.90 by $0.12. J M Smucker had a return on equity of 11.98% and a net margin of 7.72%. The firm had revenue of $1.92 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.90 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $2.05 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that J M Smucker will post 7.79 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Investors of record on Friday, February 9th will be given a dividend of $0.78 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 8th. This represents a $3.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.46%. J M Smucker’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 63.16%.

A number of research firms recently commented on SJM. Credit Suisse Group set a $120.00 price objective on J M Smucker and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $128.00 price objective on J M Smucker and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $150.00 price objective on J M Smucker and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Jefferies Group set a $135.00 price objective on J M Smucker and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, November 18th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on J M Smucker from $109.00 to $113.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. J M Smucker presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $127.75.

In other news, SVP Jeannette L. Knudsen sold 1,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $124.36, for a total value of $198,976.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 23,452 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,916,490.72. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider David J. Lemmon sold 1,205 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $124.54, for a total value of $150,070.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 5,610 shares of company stock worth $698,093 over the last quarter. 3.50% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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J M Smucker Company Profile

The J. M. Smucker Company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. The Company’s segments include U.S. Retail Coffee, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, U.S. Retail Pet Foods, and International and Foodservice. The Company’s U.S. retail market segments consist of the sale of branded food products to consumers through retail outlets in North America.

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