Barclays (BCS) Receives Media Sentiment Rating of 0.23

Media coverage about Barclays (NYSE:BCS) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Barclays earned a news impact score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.2277353565523 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Shares of Barclays (NYSE:BCS) traded down $0.13 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $10.69. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,002,093 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,984,191. The stock has a market capitalization of $45,892.18, a PE ratio of 15.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.75 and a beta of 0.95. Barclays has a 1-year low of $9.29 and a 1-year high of $11.96. The company has a quick ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 1.21 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.78.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Investec cut Barclays from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday. UBS reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Barclays in a research note on Monday. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Barclays in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. Macquarie upgraded Barclays from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Barclays from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 28th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.25.

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