ADT (ADT) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of 0.16

Headlines about ADT (NYSE:ADT) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ADT earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the security and automation business an impact score of 44.5900731778003 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

ADT stock traded down $0.11 during trading on Thursday, reaching $8.86. 391,627 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,357,787. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.95, a quick ratio of 0.39 and a current ratio of 0.51. ADT has a 1-year low of $8.56 and a 1-year high of $13.02.

ADT (NYSE:ADT) last released its earnings results on Thursday, March 15th. The security and automation business reported ($0.06) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by ($0.20). The business had revenue of $1.11 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.06 billion. The firm’s revenue was up 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted ($0.07) EPS. research analysts anticipate that ADT will post 0.92 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 5th. Investors of record on Monday, March 26th will be paid a dividend of $0.035 per share. This represents a $0.14 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.58%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 23rd.

ADT has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of ADT from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 14th. Morgan Stanley started coverage on shares of ADT in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $18.00 price target on the stock. Imperial Capital started coverage on shares of ADT in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $15.00 target price for the company. Bank of America started coverage on shares of ADT in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. They set a “buy” rating and a $16.00 target price for the company. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada started coverage on shares of ADT in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $16.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $15.88.

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ADT Company Profile

ADT Inc is a provider of monitored security, interactive home and business automation and related monitoring services in the United States and Canada. The Company offers a range of products home security systems, home automation, security cameras, fire, home and safety, and monitoring services. It also offers residential, commercial, and multi-site customers a comprehensive set of burglary, video, access control, fire and smoke alarm, and medical alert solutions.

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