Press coverage about DST Systems (NYSE:DST) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. DST Systems earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the technology company an impact score of 45.5732604592179 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- SS&C European Holdings S.a.r.l. — Moody’s changes SS&C’s outlook to stable; affirms Ba3 CFR (finance.yahoo.com)
- DST Systems (DST) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)
- DST-SS&C Merger to Close Early, Gets Shareholders’ Approval (zacks.com)
- DST-SS&C Merger to Close Early, Gets Shareholders' Approval (finance.yahoo.com)
- DST Systems (DST) Cut to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
DST traded up $0.12 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $83.67. 441,806 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,256,039. DST Systems has a 1-year low of $50.22 and a 1-year high of $84.48. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,959.80, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.90, a PEG ratio of 2.03 and a beta of 1.51. The company has a current ratio of 1.07, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43.
Several brokerages have recently issued reports on DST. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of DST Systems from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday. Evercore ISI reissued an “in-line” rating on shares of DST Systems in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Robert W. Baird downgraded shares of DST Systems from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $72.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, DA Davidson downgraded shares of DST Systems from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $72.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Friday, January 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $68.50.
In related news, VP Jonathan J. Boehm sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.50, for a total transaction of $1,290,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 75,518 shares in the company, valued at $4,870,911. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Vercie L. Lark sold 45,400 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, March 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.57, for a total transaction of $3,794,078.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 77,702 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,493,556.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 70,800 shares of company stock valued at $5,535,734 in the last 90 days. 1.82% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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About DST Systems
DST Systems, Inc (DST) is a provider of technology-based information processing and servicing solutions. The Company offers its solutions through data management, business processing and customer communications solutions to clients within the asset management, brokerage, retirement and healthcare markets.
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