Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Likely to Affect Escalade, (NASDAQ:ESCA) Stock Price

Media stories about Escalade, (NASDAQ:ESCA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Escalade, earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 77 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Escalade, (NASDAQ:ESCA) traded down 1.15% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $12.90. The company had a trading volume of 2,725 shares. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $12.48 and its 200 day moving average is $12.90. The firm has a market capitalization of $185.06 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.54 and a beta of 0.08. Escalade, has a 12-month low of $9.77 and a 12-month high of $14.70.

Escalade, (NASDAQ:ESCA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 20th. The company reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $30.81 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $29.55 million. Escalade, had a return on equity of 11.12% and a net margin of 6.82%. Equities research analysts expect that Escalade, will post $0.86 earnings per share 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 dividend of $0.115 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 6th. This represents a $0.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.52%. Escalade,’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 58.23%.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on ESCA shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Escalade, from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 14th. TheStreet cut Escalade, from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Friday, April 21st. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Escalade, from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th.

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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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