Cott Corporation (COT) Getting Somewhat Critical News Coverage, AlphaOne Reports

News articles about Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT) (TSE:BCB) have trended somewhat negative this week, according to AlphaOne. AlphaOne, a unit of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Cott Corporation earned a media sentiment score of -0.04 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 33 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT)

Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT) traded down 0.98% during trading on Friday, reaching $14.19. 506,883 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $13.37 and its 200-day moving average is $11.96. The company’s market cap is $1.97 billion. Cott Corporation has a 12-month low of $10.10 and a 12-month high of $17.38.

Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT) (TSE:BCB) last released its earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The company reported ($0.13) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.09) by $0.04. Cott Corporation had a positive return on equity of 1.58% and a negative net margin of 3.23%. The firm had revenue of $896.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $909.19 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted ($0.02) EPS. Cott Corporation’s revenue was up 28.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Cott Corporation will post $0.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 2nd were given a dividend of $0.06 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, May 31st. This represents a $0.24 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.69%. This is a boost from Cott Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.05. Cott Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -30.38%.

Several brokerages recently commented on COT. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 price objective on shares of Cott Corporation in a research note on Friday, March 24th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $13.50 price objective on shares of Cott Corporation in a research note on Friday, May 19th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Cott Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 21st. BMO Capital Markets raised shares of Cott Corporation from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $15.00 to $17.00 in a research note on Wednesday, June 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of Cott Corporation in a research note on Monday, April 17th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $16.88.

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About Cott Corporation

Cott Corp is a Canada-based company, which along with its subsidiaries, is engaged in production of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors. The Company operates through five operating segments: Water & Coffee Solutions; Cott North America; Cott United Kingdom (Cott U.K.), Royal Crown International (RCI) and Mexico.

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