News coverage about Cotiviti Holdings (NASDAQ:COTV) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Cotiviti Holdings earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 47.3125573935995 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

COTV has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Cotiviti Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Jefferies Group LLC dropped their price target on Cotiviti Holdings from $45.00 to $41.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. Finally, Leerink Swann initiated coverage on Cotiviti Holdings in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $48.00 price target for the company. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $40.50.

Shares of Cotiviti Holdings (COTV) opened at 35.97 on Friday. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $39.82 and its 200-day moving average price is $38.73. Cotiviti Holdings has a 52 week low of $27.68 and a 52 week high of $45.97. The company has a market capitalization of $3.32 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.24.

Cotiviti Holdings (NASDAQ:COTV) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The business services provider reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.34 by $0.02. Cotiviti Holdings had a return on equity of 11.30% and a net margin of 16.85%. The firm had revenue of $167.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $167.47 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.37 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.9% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Cotiviti Holdings will post $1.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, SVP Jonathan Olefson sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total value of $215,000.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 5,149 shares in the company, valued at $221,407. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO J Douglas Williams sold 16,728 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.33, for a total value of $708,096.24. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 2,893,337 shares in the company, valued at $122,474,955.21. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 85,945 shares of company stock worth $3,413,108 over the last quarter.

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About Cotiviti Holdings

Cotiviti Holdings, Inc is a provider of analytics-driven payment accuracy solutions. The Company focuses primarily on the healthcare sector. The Company operates through two segments: Healthcare, and Global Retail and Other. Through its Healthcare segment, the Company offers prospective and retrospective claims accuracy solutions to healthcare payers in the United States.

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