Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) Earns Media Sentiment Score of 0.13

Media coverage about Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Royal Caribbean Cruises earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 46.0248023429336 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE RCL) opened at 124.88 on Thursday. The company has a 50 day moving average of $120.99 and a 200 day moving average of $112.72. Royal Caribbean Cruises has a 52-week low of $67.53 and a 52-week high of $128.09. The firm has a market capitalization of $26.86 billion, a PE ratio of 17.52 and a beta of 0.99.

Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The company reported $1.71 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.67 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $2.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.19 billion. Royal Caribbean Cruises had a return on equity of 16.71% and a net margin of 17.73%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.09 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Royal Caribbean Cruises will post $7.44 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 11th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 22nd were issued a $0.60 dividend. This is an increase from Royal Caribbean Cruises’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.48. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 21st. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.92%. Royal Caribbean Cruises’s dividend payout ratio is currently 33.71%.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on RCL shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $136.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, September 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $134.00 price target on shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises in a report on Thursday, September 7th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Deutsche Bank AG increased their price target on shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from $102.00 to $114.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) downgraded shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, fifteen have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Royal Caribbean Cruises has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $123.04.

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In other news, CEO Richard D. Fain sold 210,706 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $115.83, for a total value of $24,406,075.98. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 967,741 shares in the company, valued at approximately $112,093,440.03. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, COO Adam M. Goldstein sold 120,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $118.21, for a total value of $14,185,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 191,252 shares in the company, valued at approximately $22,607,898.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 480,079 shares of company stock worth $56,461,455 in the last quarter. 15.30% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About Royal Caribbean Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a cruise company. The Company owns and operates three global cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises (Global Brands). The Company also own joint venture interest in the German brand TUI Cruises, interest in the Spanish brand Pullmantur and interest in the Chinese brand SkySea Cruises (collectively, Partner Brands).

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