Buckle (BKE) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Finds

Headlines about Buckle (NYSE:BKE) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Buckle earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 45.2992229610474 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

BKE stock traded up $0.05 on Thursday, reaching $22.15. The company had a trading volume of 520,075 shares, compared to its average volume of 626,979. Buckle has a 1 year low of $13.50 and a 1 year high of $25.11. The firm has a market cap of $1,030.55, a P/E ratio of 11.88 and a beta of 0.86.

Buckle (NYSE:BKE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, March 16th. The company reported $0.87 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $281.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $280.04 million. Buckle had a return on equity of 20.98% and a net margin of 9.82%. Buckle’s revenue was up .4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.74 EPS. analysts anticipate that Buckle will post 1.73 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 13th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 12th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.51%. Buckle’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 53.76%.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on BKE shares. ValuEngine raised Buckle from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. TheStreet raised Buckle from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, March 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Buckle from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, March 21st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. Buckle presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $18.00.

In other Buckle news, VP Diane L. Applegate sold 1,200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.84, for a total value of $25,008.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 20,500 shares in the company, valued at approximately $427,220. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Kyle Hanson sold 2,553 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.75, for a total value of $52,974.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 36,900 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $765,675. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 41.70% of the company’s stock.

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About Buckle

The Buckle, Inc operates as a retailer of casual apparel, footwear, and accessories for young men and women in the United States. The company markets a selection of brand name casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories, and footwear. It operates stores under the Buckle and The Buckle names.

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