Morgan Stanley Reiterates Equal Weight Rating for Bazaarvoice (BV)
Bazaarvoice (NYSE:BV)‘s stock had its “equal weight” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley in a research report issued on Wednesday, American Banking News.com reports.
The analysts wrote, “We spoke with BV management following the court’s decision, and the company suggested that they view some type of divestiture as the most likely outcome of the remedy phase, although it’s unclear what form a divestiture might take,” the report noted. “In his decision, the judge noted that divesting a business 18 months after the merger was completed is not an easy thing to do, and we expect much of the conversation during the next phase of the case to focus on how a divestiture could be structured. We believe PowerReviews is only ~10% of total revenue for BV so the P&L impact should be minimal, the broader question in our minds is what type of resources BV needs to put in to unwinding the transaction, and what level of responsibility BV ultimately has in terms of reestablishing competition in the ratings and reviews space.”
In other Bazaarvoice news, Director Brett A. Hurt sold 39,553 shares of Bazaarvoice stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $7.67, for a total transaction of $303,371.51. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.
Bazaarvoice (NYSE:BV) traded down 1.19% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $7.50. The stock had a trading volume of 151,489 shares. Bazaarvoice has a 1-year low of $6.37 and a 1-year high of $11.50. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $7.60 and a 200-day moving average of $9.30. The company’s market cap is $563.2 million.
Bazaarvoice (NYSE:BV) last released its earnings data on Wednesday, November 20th. The company reported ($0.06) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of ($0.07) by $0.01. The company had revenue of $45.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $44.95 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted ($0.07) earnings per share. Bazaarvoice’s revenue was up 17.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Bazaarvoice will post $-0.26 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
Separately, analysts at Deutsche Bank reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Bazaarvoice in a research note to investors on Thursday, November 21st. They now have a $8.00 price target on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $11.96.
Bazaarvoice, Inc (NYSE:BV) is provider of social commerce solutions that help its clients capture, display and analyze online word of mouth, including consumer-generated ratings and reviews, questions and answers, stories, recommendations, photographs, videos and other content about its clients’ brands, products or services.
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