Media coverage about Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ship Finance International earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the shipping company an impact score of 46.7926250416672 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

SFL has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Ship Finance International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, November 4th. Clarkson Capital raised shares of Ship Finance International from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group started coverage on shares of Ship Finance International in a research report on Monday, December 18th. They set a “hold” rating and a $15.00 price target on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $16.00.

Shares of Ship Finance International (NYSE SFL) traded down $0.25 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $15.50. 863,344 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 673,583. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 0.82. The company has a market cap of $1,573.33, a PE ratio of 13.03 and a beta of 1.41. Ship Finance International has a 12 month low of $12.30 and a 12 month high of $16.10.

Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 22nd. The shipping company reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $93.67 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $97.50 million. Ship Finance International had a net margin of 28.66% and a return on equity of 11.02%. research analysts anticipate that Ship Finance International will post 1.24 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Monday, December 11th were paid a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 8th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 9.03%. Ship Finance International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 117.65%.

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About Ship Finance International

Ship Finance International Limited is a holding, and international ship owning and chartering company. The Company is engaged in the ownership and operation of vessels and offshore related assets, and also involved in the charter, purchase and sale of assets. Its assets consist of approximately 20 oil tankers, over 20 dry bulk carriers, approximately 20 container vessels, including a newbuilding, two car carriers, two jack-up drilling rigs, two ultra-deepwater drilling units, five offshore supply vessels, two chemical tankers and two newbuilding oil product tankers.

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