News headlines about Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Nasdaq earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.4429045862886 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) opened at 76.42 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $75.31 and its 200-day moving average price is $71.24. Nasdaq has a 12-month low of $63.30 and a 12-month high of $77.75. The firm has a market cap of $12.75 billion, a PE ratio of 58.07 and a beta of 0.77.

Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The financial services provider reported $1.02 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $602.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $596.55 million. Nasdaq had a return on equity of 12.19% and a net margin of 5.76%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.91 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Nasdaq will post $4.17 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.99%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. Nasdaq’s dividend payout ratio is 118.75%.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $76.00 target price on Nasdaq and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub upgraded Nasdaq from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. UBS AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 target price (up from $80.00) on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $76.00 target price on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Monday, September 11th. Finally, Barclays PLC assumed coverage on Nasdaq in a research report on Friday, September 8th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $85.00 target price for the company. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $76.10.

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In related news, insider Edward S. Knight sold 15,000 shares of Nasdaq stock in a transaction on Friday, July 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.39, for a total transaction of $1,115,850.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 78,063 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,807,106.57. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Bjorn Sibbern sold 3,000 shares of Nasdaq stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.17, for a total value of $228,510.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 36,844 shares of company stock valued at $2,788,100 in the last three months. 1.60% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About Nasdaq

Nasdaq, Inc (Nasdaq) is a holding company. The Company is a provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public company services. It manages, operates and provides its products and services through four segments: Market Services, Corporate Services, Information Services and Market Technology.

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