News headlines about Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Wingstop earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 47.3006247261785 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

A number of research firms recently issued reports on WING. Zacks Investment Research raised Wingstop from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $34.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Cowen and Company reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $36.00 price objective on shares of Wingstop in a research report on Sunday, May 28th. Stephens raised Wingstop from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $32.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, April 24th. Wedbush reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Wingstop in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $35.00 price objective (up previously from $31.00) on shares of Wingstop in a research report on Monday, May 8th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $34.50.

Shares of Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING) opened at 33.48 on Friday. Wingstop has a 52-week low of $24.74 and a 52-week high of $34.16. The firm has a market cap of $973.33 million, a PE ratio of 52.23 and a beta of 0.60. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $31.09 and its 200-day moving average price is $29.18.

Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $24.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $24.61 million. Wingstop had a net margin of 19.28% and a negative return on equity of 28.04%. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.15 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Wingstop will post $0.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 18th. Stockholders of record on Sunday, September 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.84%.

In other news, Director Sidney J. Feltenstein sold 15,401 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.08, for a total transaction of $463,262.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 39,750 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,195,680. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Flynn Dekker sold 4,102 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.59, for a total transaction of $125,480.18. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 44,014 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,346,388.26. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 45,905 shares of company stock valued at $1,382,411. Company insiders own 1.76% of the company’s stock.

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About Wingstop

Wingstop Inc is franchisor and operator of restaurants that specializes in cooked-to-order, hand-sauced and tossed chicken wings. The Company operates through two segments: Franchise and Company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company offers its guests 11 flavors on bone-in and boneless chicken wings paired with hand-cut, seasoned fries and sides.

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