Headlines about E. W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. E. W. Scripps earned a media sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 44.8383153549881 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Shares of SSP stock traded up $0.08 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $11.35. The company had a trading volume of 17,160 shares, compared to its average volume of 420,205. E. W. Scripps has a one year low of $11.13 and a one year high of $23.19. The firm has a market capitalization of $918.66, a PE ratio of -29.10, a P/E/G ratio of 8.29 and a beta of 2.00. The company has a quick ratio of 2.87, a current ratio of 2.87 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73.

E. W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 28th. The company reported $0.14 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.05 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $257.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $265.68 million. E. W. Scripps had a negative net margin of 1.44% and a positive return on equity of 1.51%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.46 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that E. W. Scripps will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 26th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st were given a dividend of $0.05 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.76%. E. W. Scripps’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -51.28%.

A number of analysts have recently commented on SSP shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of E. W. Scripps from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine lowered shares of E. W. Scripps from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Guggenheim reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $18.00 price target on shares of E. W. Scripps in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Benchmark reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $21.00 price target on shares of E. W. Scripps in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Noble Financial reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of E. W. Scripps in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. E. W. Scripps currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $19.25.

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E. W. Scripps Company Profile

The E. W. Scripps Company is a media enterprise with interests in television and radio broadcasting, as well as local and national digital media brands. The Company’s segments include television, radio, digital, and syndication and other. As of December 31, 2016, the Television segment included approximately 15 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) affiliates, five National Broadcasting Company (NBC) affiliates, two FOX affiliates, two Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) affiliates and four non big-four affiliated stations.

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