News stories about Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 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. Groupon earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the coupon company an impact score of 44.611423866329 out of 100, indicating that recent news 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 analysis:

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on GRPN shares. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $5.50 target price on shares of Groupon in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “underweight” rating and set a $3.20 target price (down previously from $3.50) on shares of Groupon in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $5.50 target price on shares of Groupon in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. Barclays PLC reiterated an “underweight” rating and set a $3.85 target price (up previously from $3.40) on shares of Groupon in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Groupon from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $4.57.

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) opened at 4.41 on Friday. The company’s market cap is $2.45 billion. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $4.15 and a 200 day moving average of $3.78. Groupon has a 52 week low of $2.90 and a 52 week high of $5.53.

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The coupon company reported $0.02 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.04) by $0.06. Groupon had a negative return on equity of 13.08% and a negative net margin of 4.16%. The company had revenue of $662.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $668.84 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.01) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 8.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Groupon will post $0.12 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CAO Brian Stevens sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $4.04, for a total value of $40,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 215,696 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $871,411.84. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider James Sullivan sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $3.96, for a total value of $99,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 343,353 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,359,677.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 2,847,719 shares of company stock valued at $12,252,767 in the last ninety days. 23.40% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Groupon Company Profile

Groupon, Inc operates online local commerce marketplaces around the world that connect merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount. The Company operates through three segments: North America, which represents the United States and Canada; EMEA, which consists of Europe, and the Middle East and Africa, and the remainder of its international operations (Rest of World).

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