Press coverage about Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) has trended positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. 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. Pacific Ethanol earned a media sentiment score of 0.45 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the oil and gas company an impact score of 47.4171365924466 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Pacific Ethanol from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 2nd. HC Wainwright set a $14.00 price objective on shares of Pacific Ethanol and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Pacific Ethanol from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, B. Riley set a $7.00 target price on shares of Pacific Ethanol and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, August 12th.

Pacific Ethanol stock traded down $0.05 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $2.05. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 297,300 shares, compared to its average volume of 481,170. The company has a market cap of $105.64 million, a P/E ratio of -2.41 and a beta of 2.08. Pacific Ethanol has a 12 month low of $1.98 and a 12 month high of $6.05. The company has a current ratio of 2.21, a quick ratio of 1.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66.

Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 8th. The oil and gas company reported ($0.31) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.19) by ($0.12). The business had revenue of $410.52 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $434.65 million. Pacific Ethanol had a negative net margin of 2.09% and a negative return on equity of 9.12%. equities research analysts forecast that Pacific Ethanol will post -0.25 EPS for the current year.

Pacific Ethanol Company Profile

Pacific Ethanol, Inc produces and markets low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Production and Marketing. It produces and markets ethanol; specialty alcohols; and co-products, such as wet distillers grains, dry distillers grains with solubles, wet and dry corn gluten feed, condensed distillers solubles, corn gluten meal, corn germ, corn oil, distillers yeast, and CO2, as well as markets ethanol produced by third parties.

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