Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect National Instruments (NATI) Stock Price

Headlines about National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. 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 publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. National Instruments earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the technology company an impact score of 44.875971192322 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) traded down $0.51 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $41.63. The company had a trading volume of 491,300 shares, compared to its average volume of 564,357. National Instruments has a one year low of $29.80 and a one year high of $46.33. The stock has a market cap of $5,470.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 51.40 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a quick ratio of 2.53, a current ratio of 3.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01.

National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The technology company reported $0.25 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.02. National Instruments had a return on equity of 10.16% and a net margin of 8.72%. The company had revenue of $320.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $319.78 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.25 EPS. National Instruments’s quarterly revenue was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that National Instruments will post 0.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 4th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 13th were paid a $0.21 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 10th. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.02%. National Instruments’s payout ratio is 103.70%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded National Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 target price for the company in a research report on Thursday, December 28th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 target price on shares of National Instruments in a research report on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded National Instruments from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, December 16th.

In other news, Director Jeffrey L. Kodosky sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.19, for a total transaction of $90,380.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 8,337,537 shares in the company, valued at $376,773,297.03. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director James J. Truchard sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.88, for a total value of $314,100.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 1,059,151 shares of company stock worth $46,228,099. Insiders own 9.92% of the company’s stock.

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About National Instruments

National Instruments Corporation (NI) designs, manufactures and sells systems to engineers and scientists. The Company offers a line of measurement, automation and control products. It offers products, technology and services, which include system design software, programming tools, application software, modular hardware products and related driver software, production test systems, NI education platform, software products for teaching and hardware products for teaching.

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