News headlines about Laboratory Corp. of America (NYSE:LH) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Laboratory Corp. of America earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the medical research company an impact score of 46.6105867113851 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
- LabCorp is Scheduled to Present at the 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference (finance.yahoo.com)
- Form 8-K LABORATORY CORP OF AMERI For: Jan 02 – StreetInsider.com (streetinsider.com)
- Brown Advisory Has Lowered By $9.95 Million Its National Instrs (NATI) Holding; Tourbillon Capital Partners LP Cut … – Hill Country Times (hillcountrytimes.com)
- Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings: Conversion Right Triggered For LabCorp’s Zero Coupon Convertible Subordinated Notes Due 2021 (twst.com)
Laboratory Corp. of America (NYSE:LH) traded up $0.75 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $163.05. 410,466 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 612,280. Laboratory Corp. of America has a 12-month low of $128.00 and a 12-month high of $165.18. The company has a market capitalization of $16,700.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.74, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.56 and a beta of 0.87. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18, a current ratio of 1.89 and a quick ratio of 1.75.
LH has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating and set a $166.00 target price on shares of Laboratory Corp. of America in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. ValuEngine raised shares of Laboratory Corp. of America from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. Mizuho set a $165.00 target price on shares of Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Wells Fargo & Co initiated coverage on shares of Laboratory Corp. of America in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $175.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Laboratory Corp. of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Laboratory Corp. of America currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $171.33.
In other Laboratory Corp. of America news, Director Dwight Gary Gilliland sold 971 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $153.52, for a total value of $149,067.92. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,501 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $537,473.52. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 0.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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About Laboratory Corp. of America
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings is a life sciences company that is integrated in guiding patient care, providing clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. The Company operates as a healthcare diagnostics company. The Company operates through two segments: LabCorp Diagnostics (LCD) and Covance Drug Development (CDD).
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