Somewhat Critical Media Coverage Extremely Unlikely to Impact Sony (SNE) Stock Price

Media headlines about Sony (NYSE:SNE) have been trending somewhat negative recently, InfoTrie reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Sony earned a news sentiment score of -1.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned headlines about the company an news buzz score of 1 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Sony’s analysis:

A number of research firms have recently commented on SNE. Zacks Investment Research cut Sony from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 16th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of Sony in a research note on Friday, October 19th. ValuEngine raised Sony from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Sony from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 30th. Finally, Citigroup raised Sony from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.91 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 30th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $64.73.

SNE opened at $46.15 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $63.33 billion, a PE ratio of 14.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.56. Sony has a one year low of $44.53 and a one year high of $61.02. The company has a current ratio of 0.92, a quick ratio of 0.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13.

Sony (NYSE:SNE) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 30th. The company reported $1.20 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.91 by $0.29. The firm had revenue of $19.58 billion for the quarter. Sony had a return on equity of 17.19% and a net margin of 7.70%. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Sony will post 4.93 earnings per share for the current year.

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Sony Company Profile

Sony Corporation designs, develops, produces, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for the consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. The company offers network services related to games, videos, and music contents; and home and portable game consoles, packaged software, and peripheral devices, as well as broadcast/professional, integrated circuit card technology, and medical and imaging device solutions.

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