News coverage about Carnival plc (NYSE:CUK) has trended somewhat negative this week, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. Alpha One, a division of Accern, ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Carnival plc earned a news impact score of -0.12 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 100 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment’s rankings:

Carnival plc (NYSE:CUK) opened at 62.40 on Wednesday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $58.13 and a 200-day moving average price of $53.61. The company has a market cap of $45.30 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.38 and a beta of 0.67. Carnival plc has a 12-month low of $43.45 and a 12-month high of $62.81.

Carnival plc (NYSE:CUK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, March 28th. The company reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.05. Carnival plc had a return on equity of 11.35% and a net margin of 16.96%. The company earned $3.79 billion during the quarter. On average, analysts forecast that Carnival plc will post $3.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 26th will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 24th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.56%. This is a boost from Carnival plc’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.35. Carnival plc’s payout ratio is currently 37.43%.

In other Carnival plc news, Director Sir John Parker sold 19,965 shares of Carnival plc stock in a transaction dated Friday, April 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.98, for a total transaction of $1,217,465.70. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 22,798 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,390,222.04. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Alan Buckelew sold 31,158 shares of Carnival plc stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.88, for a total value of $1,741,109.04. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 211,520 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,819,737.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 125,206 shares of company stock valued at $7,112,793. 0.01% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Carnival plc Company Profile

Carnival plc is a leisure travel company. The Company’s segments include North America, and Europe, Australia & Asia (EAA). Its North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises (Princess), Holland America Line and Seabourn. Its EAA segment includes Costa Cruises (Costa), AIDA Cruises (AIDA), P&O Cruises (the United Kingdom), P&O Cruises (Australia) and Cunard.

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