ValuEngine upgraded shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Sunday morning.

Several other research firms have also weighed in on CCL. Buckingham Research restated a buy rating and set a $84.00 price target (up from $80.00) on shares of Carnival in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. Deutsche Bank reiterated a hold rating and set a $61.00 price objective (down previously from $62.00) on shares of Carnival in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Argus reiterated a neutral rating and set a $67.00 price objective (down previously from $78.00) on shares of Carnival in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Morgan Stanley upgraded Carnival from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $65.94 to $68.00 in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. Finally, Tigress Financial reiterated a buy rating on shares of Carnival in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, fifteen have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Carnival has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $72.89.

Shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) opened at $66.90 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 0.14 and a current ratio of 0.18. Carnival has a 1 year low of $52.24 and a 1 year high of $69.89. The firm has a market capitalization of $47,930.00, a P/E ratio of 18.64, a P/E/G ratio of 1.18 and a beta of 0.73.

Carnival (NYSE:CCL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 19th. The company reported $0.63 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.12. Carnival had a return on equity of 11.78% and a net margin of 14.88%. The company had revenue of $4.26 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.15 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.67 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Carnival will post 4.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, November 24th were given a dividend of $0.45 per share. This represents a $1.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.69%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 22nd. This is a boost from Carnival’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.40. Carnival’s dividend payout ratio is 44.57%.

In other Carnival news, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 6,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.00, for a total transaction of $408,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 115,572 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,858,896. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Arnold W. Donald sold 90,903 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.41, for a total value of $6,127,771.23. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 335,545 shares of company stock valued at $22,424,789. 23.80% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in CCL. Blair William & Co. IL boosted its stake in shares of Carnival by 32.8% in the second quarter. Blair William & Co. IL now owns 5,598 shares of the company’s stock worth $367,000 after acquiring an additional 1,384 shares during the period. Federated Investors Inc. PA boosted its stake in shares of Carnival by 49.4% in the second quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 8,169 shares of the company’s stock worth $536,000 after acquiring an additional 2,700 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Carnival by 14.7% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 34,549 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,265,000 after acquiring an additional 4,422 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc. bought a new position in shares of Carnival in the second quarter worth about $618,000. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Carnival by 11.9% in the second quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 660,397 shares of the company’s stock worth $43,302,000 after acquiring an additional 70,430 shares during the period. 75.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Carnival Company Profile

Carnival Corporation is a leisure travel company. The Company is a cruise company of global cruise guests, and a provider of vacations to all cruise destinations throughout the world. The Company operates in four segments: North America, EAA, Cruise Support and, Tour and Other. The Company’s North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises (Princess) and Seabourn.

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