General Finance (GFN) Receives Media Sentiment Rating of 0.23
News headlines about General Finance (NASDAQ:GFN) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. General Finance earned a news sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 47.4370083406951 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
GFN has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of General Finance from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Oppenheimer reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of General Finance in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of General Finance from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of General Finance from a “d” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $9.20.
Shares of General Finance (NASDAQ GFN) traded up $0.20 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $6.45. 20,800 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 15,001. The company has a quick ratio of 1.05, a current ratio of 1.58 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.93. General Finance has a 52 week low of $4.00 and a 52 week high of $6.60.
General Finance (NASDAQ:GFN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, September 6th. The business services provider reported ($0.07) EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.07). The company had revenue of $73.34 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $70.95 million. General Finance had a negative net margin of 0.73% and a negative return on equity of 1.29%. equities research analysts forecast that General Finance will post -0.27 earnings per share for the current year.
In related news, Director Larry D. Tashjian purchased 5,200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 26th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $4.95 per share, for a total transaction of $25,740.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Ronald Valenta purchased 11,200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 19th. The stock was bought at an average price of $4.94 per share, with a total value of $55,328.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have acquired 48,302 shares of company stock valued at $242,941. 25.90% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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About General Finance
General Finance Corporation is a specialty rental services company. The Company offers a range of portable storage units, including its core 20-feet and 40-feet steel containers, office container, mobile office and modular space products and steel tanks. It has two geographic areas that include its four operating segments: the Asia-Pacific area, consisting of the leasing operations of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited and its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries (Royal Wolf), and North America, consisting of the combined leasing operations of Pac-Van, Inc and its Canadian subsidiary, PV Acquisition Corp.
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