Vocera Communications (VCRA) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Shows

Media stories about Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Vocera Communications earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 46.8733832061338 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Leerink Swann raised their price target on shares of Vocera Communications from $24.00 to $31.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Vocera Communications from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 17th. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price target on shares of Vocera Communications in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $28.00 price target (up from $27.00) on shares of Vocera Communications in a research report on Monday, May 1st. Finally, Dougherty & Co raised their price objective on shares of Vocera Communications from $25.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $28.67.

Vocera Communications (VCRA) traded down 0.50% during trading on Friday, hitting $27.62. 89,215 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $26.56 and a 200 day moving average price of $24.68. The company’s market cap is $803.85 million. Vocera Communications has a 52-week low of $15.34 and a 52-week high of $28.60.

Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The communications equipment provider reported ($0.21) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.19) by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $38.45 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $37.53 million. Vocera Communications had a negative return on equity of 14.71% and a negative net margin of 17.28%. The company’s revenue was up 23.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.02 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Vocera Communications will post $0.16 EPS for the current year.

In other Vocera Communications news, CEO Brent D. Lang sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.69, for a total transaction of $138,450.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Robert Zollars sold 62,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $26.69, for a total transaction of $1,654,780.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 42,748 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,140,944.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 296,527 shares of company stock valued at $7,749,115 over the last three months. 6.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Vocera Communications

Vocera Communications, Inc is a provider of communication solutions for mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, education and other industries. The Company’s segments include Product and Service. The Company’s solutions include the Vocera Communication System, Vocera Care Experience, Vocera Engage integration platform, smartphone applications and its Experience Innovation Network.

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