Headlines about ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV) have been trending somewhat positive recently, AlphaOne Sentiment reports. The research firm, a subsidiary of Accern, rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ENSCO PLC earned a news impact score of 0.22 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news articles about the offshore drilling services provider an impact score of 93 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted AlphaOne’s rankings:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV)

ENSCO PLC (ESV) traded up 0.71% during trading on Friday, hitting $5.71. The company had a trading volume of 18,043,111 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $1.73 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 2.51 and a beta of 1.64. ENSCO PLC has a 12-month low of $5.58 and a 12-month high of $12.04. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $6.95 and a 200 day moving average of $9.13.

ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The offshore drilling services provider reported ($0.04) EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.10) by $0.06. The business had revenue of $471.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $468.78 million. ENSCO PLC had a return on equity of 3.07% and a net margin of 28.32%. On average, equities research analysts forecast that ENSCO PLC will post ($0.25) earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 16th. Investors of record on Monday, June 5th were issued a $0.01 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 1st. This represents a $0.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.70%. ENSCO PLC’s dividend payout ratio is presently 1.69%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Jefferies Group LLC lowered their price target on ENSCO PLC from $12.00 to $11.50 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, March 1st. BidaskClub raised ENSCO PLC from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday. Clarkson Capital raised ENSCO PLC from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 30th. Credit Suisse Group set a $15.00 price target on ENSCO PLC and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 28th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities raised ENSCO PLC from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $6.50 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 31st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.82.

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Ensco plc is an offshore contract drilling company. The Company provides offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry. Its segments include Floaters, Jackups and Other. The Floaters segment includes its drillships and semisubmersible rigs, and provides contract drilling.

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