2U (TWOU) Given Media Sentiment Score of 0.20
News headlines about 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. 2U earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the software maker an impact score of 46.0745593034094 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- 2U : Rice U.’s Jones Graduate School of Business Now Accepting Applications for New Online MBA Program (4-traders.com)
- 2U : Rice U.’s Jones Graduate School of Business now accepting applications for new online MBA program – Press (4-traders.com)
- 5 "Choose Both" Stocks to Hold for the Next 3-Plus Years: 2U (finance.yahoo.com)
- 2U : CEO and Co-Founder Christopher “Chip” Paucek to Present at the Credit Suisse 21st Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference (4-traders.com)
A number of equities analysts have issued reports on TWOU shares. Zacks Investment Research raised 2U from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Oppenheimer upped their target price on 2U from $65.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $68.00 target price on shares of 2U in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Robert W. Baird upped their target price on 2U from $49.00 to $59.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, Compass Point reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 target price (up previously from $56.00) on shares of 2U in a report on Monday, September 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $69.50.
2U (TWOU) traded down $3.47 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $63.98. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 528,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 409,010. 2U has a 1 year low of $29.23 and a 1 year high of $69.27. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05, a quick ratio of 3.48 and a current ratio of 3.48.
2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The software maker reported ($0.15) EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.16) by $0.01. 2U had a negative return on equity of 13.02% and a negative net margin of 12.49%. The firm had revenue of $70.25 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $69.36 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted ($0.06) EPS. The business’s revenue was up 35.1% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that 2U will post -0.6 EPS for the current year.
In other 2U news, Director Mark Chernis sold 4,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.90, for a total value of $238,050.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 19,825 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,048,742.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Christopher J. Paucek sold 145,220 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.83, for a total value of $9,269,392.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 322,378 shares of company stock worth $17,959,061 in the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 8.40% of the company’s stock.
2U, Inc is a provider of an integrated solution consisting of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) combined with technology-enabled services (together, the Platform) that allows colleges and universities to deliver online degree programs. The Company’s SaaS technology consists of a learning environment (Online Campus), which acts as the hub for all student and faculty academic and social interaction, and a suite of integrated applications, which the Company uses to launch, operate and support the Company’s clients’ programs.
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