Media headlines about SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) (TSE:SOY) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. The research firm, a division of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. SunOpta earned a media sentiment score of 0.02 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 50 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL)

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of SunOpta from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 9th. William Blair upgraded shares of SunOpta from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 7th. DA Davidson cut shares of SunOpta from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, March 6th. Wunderlich cut shares of SunOpta from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $10.00 to $8.00 in a research report on Thursday, March 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $8.50 target price on shares of SunOpta in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $9.10.

Shares of SunOpta (STKL) traded down 2.11% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $9.30. 256,388 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $8.80 and its 200-day moving average is $7.54. SunOpta has a 12-month low of $3.87 and a 12-month high of $9.95. The stock’s market cap is $799.90 million.

SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) (TSE:SOY) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, May 10th. The company reported ($0.01) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.01. SunOpta had a negative net margin of 3.95% and a positive return on equity of 0.58%. The business had revenue of $330 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $344.20 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.03 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that SunOpta will post $0.08 EPS for the current year.

In other news, Director M Shan Atkins bought 12,500 shares of SunOpta stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 12th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $8.02 per share, with a total value of $100,250.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 25,881 shares in the company, valued at approximately $207,565.62. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Robert Duchscher bought 5,800 shares of SunOpta stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 19th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $8.94 per share, for a total transaction of $51,852.00. Following the purchase, the insider now owns 5,800 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $51,852. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last three months, insiders bought 257,246 shares of company stock worth $2,071,020. Insiders own 1.88% of the company’s stock.

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About SunOpta

SunOpta Inc operates businesses focused on a healthy products portfolio. The Company operates through two segments: Global Ingredients and Consumer Products. The Global Ingredients segment aggregates its North American and international raw material sourcing and supply operating segments focused on the procurement, processing and sale of specialty and organic grains, seeds, fruits, grain- and cocoa-based ingredients, and other commodities, which are used in applications serving the natural and organic food industry.

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