StoneMor Partners (STON) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Finds
News headlines about StoneMor Partners (NYSE:STON) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press 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 -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. StoneMor Partners earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 46.4503290175724 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
A number of brokerages recently issued reports on STON. B. Riley reduced their target price on StoneMor Partners from $11.00 to $7.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. BidaskClub upgraded StoneMor Partners from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $7.00.
Shares of StoneMor Partners (NYSE:STON) traded down $0.11 on Thursday, reaching $6.03. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 11,785 shares, compared to its average volume of 235,037. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.24, a quick ratio of 2.23 and a current ratio of 2.23. StoneMor Partners has a 12 month low of $4.61 and a 12 month high of $10.45.
In other StoneMor Partners news, major shareholder Value Equity Holdings Oaktree bought 60,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 9th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $5.12 per share, for a total transaction of $307,200.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Value Equity Fund Gp L. Oaktree bought 100,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 13th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $5.40 per share, for a total transaction of $540,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have acquired a total of 388,233 shares of company stock worth $2,129,109 over the last ninety days. 9.80% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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About StoneMor Partners
StoneMor Partners L.P. owns and operates cemeteries and funeral homes. The Company operates through two segments: Cemetery Operations and Funeral Homes. Its Cemetery Operations segment sells interment rights, caskets, burial vaults, cremation niches, markers and other cemetery related merchandise. Its Funeral Homes segment offers a range of services, including family consultation, final expense insurance products, the removal and preparation of remains, provision of caskets and related funeral merchandise, the use of funeral home facilities for visitation, worship and performance of funeral services, and transportation services.
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