Leucadia National (LUK) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Shows

Headlines about Leucadia National (NYSE:LUK) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Leucadia National earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the conglomerate an impact score of 45.9333827410035 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Leucadia National (NYSE LUK) traded down $0.04 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $26.39. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,247,799 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,583,440. Leucadia National has a 1 year low of $22.23 and a 1 year high of $27.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 0.67 and a quick ratio of 0.67. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,416.30, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.05, a PEG ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 1.29.

Leucadia National (NYSE:LUK) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The conglomerate reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.10. Leucadia National had a return on equity of 5.83% and a net margin of 5.48%. The firm had revenue of $2.90 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.66 billion. Leucadia National’s quarterly revenue was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Leucadia National will post 1.39 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 13th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 12th. Leucadia National’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 25.81%.

Several brokerages have weighed in on LUK. TheStreet raised Leucadia National from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Leucadia National from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered Leucadia National from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th.

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Leucadia National Company Profile

Leucadia National Corporation (Leucadia) is a diversified holding company focused on return on investment and long-term value. The Company’s segments, based on requirements are Jefferies, National Beef, and Corporate and other. Jefferies is a global full-service, integrated securities and investment banking firm.

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