Media coverage about Papa John’s Int’l (NASDAQ:PZZA) has trended somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Papa John’s Int’l earned a daily sentiment score of -0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 47.4348587774984 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Several brokerages have commented on PZZA. Longbow Research lowered shares of Papa John’s Int’l from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $85.20 to $54.00 in a research report on Wednesday, May 9th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Papa John’s Int’l from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 26th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Papa John’s Int’l from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 10th. Stephens restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of Papa John’s Int’l in a research report on Tuesday, August 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Papa John’s Int’l from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 30th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Papa John’s Int’l has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $60.78.

Shares of Papa John’s Int’l stock traded down $0.01 on Friday, hitting $43.71. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 60,270 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,308,644. Papa John’s Int’l has a 52-week low of $38.05 and a 52-week high of $80.80. The company has a quick ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.22. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.27 billion, a PE ratio of 16.81, a P/E/G ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.40.

Papa John’s Int’l (NASDAQ:PZZA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 7th. The company reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.54 by ($0.05). Papa John’s Int’l had a negative return on equity of 47.37% and a net margin of 4.54%. The business had revenue of $407.96 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $418.30 million. research analysts expect that Papa John’s Int’l will post 1.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 24th. Investors of record on Monday, August 13th will be given a $0.225 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 10th. This represents a $0.90 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.06%. Papa John’s Int’l’s dividend payout ratio is presently 34.35%.

Papa John’s Int’l Company Profile

Papa John's International, Inc operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants under the Papa John's trademark in the United States and internationally. It operates through five segments: Domestic Company-Owned Restaurants, North America Commissaries, North America Franchising, International Operations, and All Others.

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