Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Extremely Likely to Impact Sony (NYSE:SNE) Share Price

Media headlines about Sony (NYSE:SNE) have trended somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Sony earned a coverage optimism score of 1.40 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media headlines about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Sony’s ranking:

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. ValuEngine upgraded Sony from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Sony from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. Macquarie upgraded Sony from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 23rd. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded Sony from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 15th. Finally, CLSA restated a “buy” rating on shares of Sony in a report on Friday, March 22nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Sony presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $50.32.

Shares of Sony stock opened at $51.33 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a current ratio of 0.86 and a quick ratio of 0.76. Sony has a twelve month low of $41.91 and a twelve month high of $61.02. The firm has a market cap of $64.86 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.98, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 1.39.

Sony (NYSE:SNE) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, April 26th. The company reported $0.62 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by $0.43. Sony had a net margin of 10.54% and a return on equity of 21.78%. The firm had revenue of $2,127.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2,040.96 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $41.20 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, sell-side analysts expect that Sony will post 3.77 earnings per share for the current year.

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About Sony

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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