Ensco Plc (ESV) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Finds

Headlines about Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ensco Plc earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the offshore drilling services provider an impact score of 46.4547456600483 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Ensco Plc (ESV) traded up 0.38% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $5.24. 44,327,178 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $4.68 and its 200 day moving average is $6.49. The firm has a market cap of $1.59 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.75 and a beta of 1.65. Ensco Plc has a 52-week low of $4.10 and a 52-week high of $12.04.

Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The offshore drilling services provider reported ($0.10) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.12) by $0.02. The business had revenue of $457.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $453.48 million. Ensco Plc had a return on equity of 0.77% and a net margin of 2.68%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 49.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $2.04 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that Ensco Plc will post ($0.38) EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 22nd. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 11th were given a dividend of $0.01 per share. This represents a $0.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.76%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, September 8th. Ensco Plc’s dividend payout ratio is currently 23.53%.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on ESV. Clarkson Capital upgraded shares of Ensco Plc from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 30th. Seaport Global Securities upgraded shares of Ensco Plc from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $6.50 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, May 31st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ensco Plc from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 14th. Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of Ensco Plc from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and dropped their target price for the company from $9.20 to $8.00 in a research report on Monday, June 19th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Ensco Plc from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $9.68.

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About Ensco Plc

Ensco plc is an offshore contract drilling company. The Company provides offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry. Its segments include Floaters, Jackups and Other. The Floaters segment includes its drillships and semisubmersible rigs, and provides contract drilling.

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