Headlines about Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) have trended positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Huntington Ingalls Industries earned a news impact score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.8972498993109 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

A number of brokerages have recently commented on HII. BidaskClub raised shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $240.00 target price (up from $230.00) on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $210.00 target price on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. ValuEngine raised shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reduced their target price on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries from $214.00 to $206.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, May 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $205.00.

Shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE HII) traded up 0.84% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $213.56. 141,465 shares of the company traded hands. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $209.62 and its 200-day moving average price is $202.18. Huntington Ingalls Industries has a 52 week low of $146.52 and a 52 week high of $220.68. The company has a market capitalization of $9.70 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.45 and a beta of 1.18.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The aerospace company reported $3.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.62 by $0.59. The company had revenue of $1.86 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.79 billion. Huntington Ingalls Industries had a net margin of 7.93% and a return on equity of 31.12%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 9.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $2.32 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that Huntington Ingalls Industries will post $11.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 8th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 25th were issued a dividend of $0.60 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 23rd. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.12%. Huntington Ingalls Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 19.61%.

In other Huntington Ingalls Industries news, VP William R. Ermatinger sold 2,985 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $215.10, for a total transaction of $642,073.50. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 32,810 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,057,431. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, VP D R. Wyatt sold 800 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $214.83, for a total transaction of $171,864.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 19,865 shares in the company, valued at $4,267,597.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 7,699 shares of company stock worth $1,576,565. 2.22% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Company Profile

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc is a military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. The Company’s business consists of the design, construction, repair and maintenance of nuclear-powered ships and non-nuclear ships for the United States Navy and coastal defense surface ships for the United States Coast Guard, as well as the refueling and overhaul and inactivation of nuclear-powered ships for the United States Navy.

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