Escalade, (ESCA) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

Press coverage about Escalade, (NASDAQ:ESCA) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One. The research group, a service of Accern, ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Escalade, earned a news impact score of 0.08 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 78 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Escalade, (NASDAQ:ESCA)

A number of analysts have recently commented on ESCA shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Escalade, from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 26th. TheStreet lowered shares of Escalade, from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Friday, April 21st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Escalade, from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. Finally, Roth Capital set a $17.00 price target on shares of Escalade, and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $16.00.

Escalade, (ESCA) traded down 3.41% during trading on Friday, hitting $12.75. 29,175 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $12.30 and its 200-day moving average price is $12.93. Escalade, has a 1-year low of $9.70 and a 1-year high of $14.70. The stock has a market capitalization of $182.91 million, a PE ratio of 16.35 and a beta of 0.11.

Escalade, (NASDAQ:ESCA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 20th. The company reported $0.10 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by $0.03. Escalade, had a net margin of 6.82% and a return on equity of 11.12%. The company had revenue of $30.81 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $29.55 million. Equities analysts predict that Escalade, will post $0.87 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 8th were issued a $0.115 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 6th. This represents a $0.46 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.61%. Escalade,’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 58.23%.

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Escalade, Company Profile

Escalade, Incorporated (Escalade) is a manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods through its subsidiary Escalade Sports. The Company operates in Sporting Goods (Escalade Sports) segment. Escalade Sports manufactures, imports and distributes sporting goods brands in basketball goals, archery, indoor and outdoor game recreation and fitness products through sporting goods retailers, specialty dealers, key online retailers, traditional department stores and mass merchants.

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