Ardagh Group (ARD) Receiving Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

News articles about Ardagh Group (NYSE:ARD) have been trending positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ardagh Group earned a news impact score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.1084403375495 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Ardagh Group (NYSE ARD) traded up 0.93% during trading on Friday, hitting $21.74. The stock had a trading volume of 16,288 shares. Ardagh Group has a 12-month low of $0.09 and a 12-month high of $24.54. The stock’s market cap is $5.14 billion. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $21.06 and its 200-day moving average is $21.72.

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Ardagh Group (NYSE:ARD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The company reported $0.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.24. The firm had revenue of $2.02 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.01 billion. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 57.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Ardagh Group will post $1.77 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 17th will be issued a dividend of $0.14 per share. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.58%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 15th.

Several analysts have weighed in on ARD shares. Barclays PLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $23.00 price target on shares of Ardagh Group in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ardagh Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets started coverage on Ardagh Group in a research note on Monday, June 19th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $26.00 price target on the stock. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Ardagh Group presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $24.50.

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Ardagh Group Company Profile

Ardagh Group SA, formerly Ardagh Finance Holdings SA, is a Luxembourg-based company engaged in the packing industry. The Company focuses on the design and manufacture of rigid packaging solutions mainly for food and beverage markets. Its activities are divided into two business segments: Metal packing, which supplies aluminum and steel beverage cans, two-piece aluminum, two-piece tinplate and three-piece tinplate food and specialty cans, as well as a range of can ends, among others, and Glass packing, which delivers glass containers, bottles and jars, among others.

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