News coverage about Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:CENT) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Central Garden & Pet earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 47.1874428516221 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:CENT) traded up $0.19 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $35.58. The company had a trading volume of 31,872 shares, compared to its average volume of 102,873. Central Garden & Pet has a one year low of $25.91 and a one year high of $40.48. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,849.89, a P/E ratio of 23.20, a PEG ratio of 2.15 and a beta of 0.03. The company has a quick ratio of 1.63, a current ratio of 3.38 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Sidoti lowered Central Garden & Pet from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Central Garden & Pet from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Central Garden & Pet in a research report on Monday, October 16th. BidaskClub upgraded Central Garden & Pet from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Central Garden & Pet in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $39.00.

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In related news, General Counsel George A. Yuhas sold 4,364 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.37, for a total value of $145,626.68. Following the completion of the transaction, the general counsel now directly owns 50,259 shares in the company, valued at $1,677,142.83. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Brooks Pennington III sold 25,933 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $34.16, for a total value of $885,871.28. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 48,365 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,652,148.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 50,074 shares of company stock valued at $1,691,308. Corporate insiders own 11.60% of the company’s stock.

Central Garden & Pet Company Profile

Central Garden & Pet Company is a marketer and producer of branded products and distributor of third party products in the pet and lawn and garden supplies industries in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Pet segment and the Garden segment. It is a marketer and producer of pet supplies in the United States.

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