Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Shows

Headlines about Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ship Finance International Limited earned a coverage optimism score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the shipping company an impact score of 28 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL)

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) traded down 1.57% on Tuesday, hitting $12.55. 3,991,464 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company’s 50 day moving average is $13.63 and its 200 day moving average is $14.40. The stock has a market cap of $1.17 billion, a PE ratio of 9.09 and a beta of 1.37. Ship Finance International Limited has a 1-year low of $12.07 and a 1-year high of $16.10.

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 30th. The shipping company reported $0.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $96.88 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $102.70 million. Ship Finance International Limited had a net margin of 33.62% and a return on equity of 12.65%. On average, equities research analysts expect that Ship Finance International Limited will post $0.93 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 16th will be issued a $0.45 dividend. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 14.12%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 14th. Ship Finance International Limited’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 125.88%.

Several brokerages have weighed in on SFL. ValuEngine lowered shares of Ship Finance International Limited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Ship Finance International Limited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, March 4th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ship Finance International Limited from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC upgraded shares of Ship Finance International Limited to a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, June 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. Ship Finance International Limited presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $15.67.

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Ship Finance International Limited Company Profile

Ship Finance International Limited is a holding, and international ship owning and chartering company. The Company is engaged in the ownership and operation of vessels and offshore related assets, and also involved in the charter, purchase and sale of assets. Its assets consist of approximately 20 oil tankers, over 20 dry bulk carriers, approximately 20 container vessels, including a newbuilding, two car carriers, two jack-up drilling rigs, two ultra-deepwater drilling units, five offshore supply vessels, two chemical tankers and two newbuilding oil product tankers.

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