Media headlines about Navigator (NYSE:NVGS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Navigator earned a news sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the shipping company an impact score of 46.763456611115 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of NYSE NVGS traded down $0.10 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $11.50. The company had a trading volume of 14,056 shares, compared to its average volume of 170,259. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 0.94. The firm has a market capitalization of $641.39, a price-to-earnings ratio of 71.88, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.31 and a beta of 1.22. Navigator has a 12-month low of $7.00 and a 12-month high of $13.70.

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Navigator (NYSE:NVGS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, March 5th. The shipping company reported $0.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15 by ($0.12). The company had revenue of $76.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $60.02 million. Navigator had a return on equity of 0.84% and a net margin of 1.78%. Navigator’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.14 earnings per share. analysts predict that Navigator will post 0.39 EPS for the current year.

A number of analysts have commented on NVGS shares. Jefferies Group started coverage on shares of Navigator in a research note on Monday, December 18th. They set a “buy” rating and a $15.00 price objective for the company. Maxim Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective (up from $14.50) on shares of Navigator in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Navigator from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 20th. Morgan Stanley raised shares of Navigator from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $13.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, February 12th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Navigator from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $13.90.

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About Navigator

Navigator Holdings Ltd. owns and operates a fleet of liquefied gas carriers worldwide. The company provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas, petrochemical gases, and ammonia for energy companies, industrial users, and commodity traders. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 38 vessels.

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