Hostess Brands (TWNK) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Hostess Brands (NASDAQ:TWNK) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hostess Brands earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.7262747816821 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Hostess Brands stock opened at $12.70 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.65 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.16 and a beta of 0.24. Hostess Brands has a 52 week low of $11.00 and a 52 week high of $17.03. The company has a quick ratio of 1.64, a current ratio of 1.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66.

Hostess Brands (NASDAQ:TWNK) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 9th. The company reported $0.14 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14. The firm had revenue of $208.74 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $200.77 million. Hostess Brands had a return on equity of 4.37% and a net margin of 28.97%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 13.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.15 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Hostess Brands will post 0.69 EPS for the current year.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Morgan Stanley set a $14.00 price target on Hostess Brands and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Hostess Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, May 9th. TheStreet raised Hostess Brands from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. UBS raised Hostess Brands from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, April 23rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank cut Hostess Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $14.00 price target for the company. in a report on Monday, May 14th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Hostess Brands currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $15.29.

In other Hostess Brands news, Director Craig D. Steeneck bought 13,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $14.09 per share, for a total transaction of $183,170.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 308,257 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,343,341.13. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 25.50% of the company’s stock.

Hostess Brands Company Profile

Hostess Brands, Inc, a packaged food company, develops, manufactures, markets, sells, and distributes fresh sweet baked goods in the United States. It primarily offer coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, honey buns, brownies, bread and buns, jumbo muffins, and eclairs under the Twinkies, CupCakes, Ding Dongs, Zingers, HoHos, Donettes, Dolly Madison, and Superior on Main brands.

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