Carnival plc (LON:CCL) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the seven research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 4,831.67 ($61.56).

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. HSBC Holdings plc increased their price objective on shares of Carnival plc from GBX 5,200 ($66.25) to GBX 5,600 ($71.35) and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday. Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a GBX 5,020 ($63.96) price objective on shares of Carnival plc in a report on Friday, June 9th. Credit Suisse Group increased their price objective on shares of Carnival plc from GBX 5,550 ($70.71) to GBX 5,770 ($73.51) and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Berenberg Bank reiterated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 4,300 ($54.78) price objective on shares of Carnival plc in a report on Tuesday, May 23rd. Finally, Shore Capital reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Carnival plc in a report on Wednesday, March 29th.

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Shares of Carnival plc (CCL) opened at 5220.00 on Monday. The firm’s market capitalization is GBX 37.90 billion. The firm’s 50 day moving average is GBX 4,923.59 and its 200-day moving average is GBX 4,496.78. Carnival plc has a 12 month low of GBX 3,075.00 and a 12 month high of GBX 5,300.00.

The business also recently disclosed a dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 16th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 25th were issued a dividend of €0.40 ($0.44) per share. This is a positive change from Carnival plc’s previous dividend of $0.35. This represents a dividend yield of 0.7%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 25th.

In related news, insider Richard J. Glasier sold 3,840 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 5,830 ($74.28), for a total transaction of £223,872 ($285,223.60).

About Carnival plc

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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