Media stories about Bunge (NYSE:BG) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Bunge earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.6628914919228 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Bunge (NYSE BG) traded up $0.31 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $70.45. 1,050,000 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,280,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a current ratio of 1.60 and a quick ratio of 0.82. The firm has a market cap of $9,910.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.54, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.27 and a beta of 1.05. Bunge has a twelve month low of $63.87 and a twelve month high of $83.75.

Bunge (NYSE:BG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.75 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.79 by ($0.04). The company had revenue of $11.42 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $11.87 billion. Bunge had a net margin of 1.06% and a return on equity of 6.68%. Bunge’s revenue for the quarter was up .0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.73 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Bunge will post 2.97 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, February 16th will be paid a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.61%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. Bunge’s payout ratio is 56.27%.

Several analysts recently issued reports on BG shares. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $86.00 price target on shares of Bunge and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Vertical Group upgraded shares of Bunge from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $87.00 price target on shares of Bunge in a research report on Monday, November 6th. TheStreet lowered shares of Bunge from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $77.00 price target on shares of Bunge in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $81.86.

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Bunge Company Profile

Bunge Limited is an agribusiness and food company with integrated operations that stretch from the farm field to consumer foods. The Company operates through five segments: Agribusiness, Edible Oil Products, Milling Products, Sugar and Bioenergy, and Fertilizer. Its Agribusiness segment is an integrated, global business involved in the purchase, storage, transport, processing and sale of agricultural commodities and commodity products.

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