Pearson PLC (NYSE:PSO) was downgraded by equities researchers at Kepler Capital Markets from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Pearson PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday. Exane BNP Paribas cut Pearson PLC from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 6th. BNP Paribas cut Pearson PLC from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 5th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Pearson PLC in a report on Monday, March 27th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG raised Pearson PLC from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, February 2nd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.00.

Analyst Recommendations for Pearson PLC (NYSE:PSO)

Shares of Pearson PLC (NYSE:PSO) traded down 1.888% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $9.095. The company had a trading volume of 70,283 shares. Pearson PLC has a 52 week low of $7.04 and a 52 week high of $13.20. The company’s market capitalization is $7.41 billion. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $8.20 and a 200-day moving average of $8.78.

The business also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 17th. Investors of record on Friday, April 7th will be issued a $0.4236 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 10.17%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, April 5th. This is a boost from Pearson PLC’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.29.

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Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of PSO. State Treasurer State of Michigan boosted its stake in Pearson PLC by 13.3% in the fourth quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 1,005,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,839,000 after buying an additional 117,700 shares in the last quarter. Dynamic Advisors Solutions boosted its stake in Pearson PLC by 80.2% in the fourth quarter. Dynamic Advisors Solutions now owns 161,144 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,737,000 after buying an additional 71,734 shares in the last quarter. Dynamic Advisors Solutions LLC boosted its stake in Pearson PLC by 72.8% in the first quarter. Dynamic Advisors Solutions LLC now owns 278,453 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,492,000 after buying an additional 117,309 shares in the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC boosted its stake in Pearson PLC by 59.1% in the first quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 407,909 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,115,000 after buying an additional 151,448 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Investments LLC boosted its stake in Pearson PLC by 278.0% in the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Investments LLC now owns 595,806 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,423,000 after buying an additional 438,169 shares in the last quarter. 2.14% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Pearson PLC Company Profile

Pearson plc (Pearson) is a learning company. The Company delivers learning through providing a range of educational products and services to institutions, governments, professional bodies and individual learners. The Company operates through three segments, which include North America, Core and Growth.

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