Press coverage about Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Exponent earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 45.4781281302892 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Lenders Beware: The 9th Circuit Dilutes Voting Power in Multi-Debtor Cases (In re Transwest Resort Properties Inc.) (jdsupra.com)
- Katie Couric Talks Matt Lauer, Sexual Harassment at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast Austin (thewrap.com)
- Form 4 EXPONENT INC For: Mar 09 Filed by: SCHLENKER RICHARD L JR (streetinsider.com)
- New Report Finds Staggering 725% Increase in Malicious Mining Software (bitcoinist.com)
- Exponent (EXPO) Upgraded to “Buy” by BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on EXPO shares. BidaskClub lowered Exponent from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, December 29th. SunTrust Banks raised Exponent from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $84.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Exponent from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $82.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. One investment analyst has 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 price target of $84.67.
Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The business services provider reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.05. Exponent had a net margin of 11.88% and a return on equity of 17.81%. The company had revenue of $82.72 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $80.27 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.39 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.7% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Exponent will post 2.41 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 23rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.26 per share. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.31%. This is an increase from Exponent’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.21. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 1st. Exponent’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 68.42%.
Exponent Company Profile
Exponent, Inc (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health.
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