Press coverage about ServiceMaster (NYSE:SERV) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ServiceMaster earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.3538581531246 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- ServiceMaster (SERV) Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Terminix Releases Top 25 Termite Cities List (finance.yahoo.com)
- Zacks Investment Research Downgrades ServiceMaster (SERV) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)
- TruckPro Names New CIO, Successor To Mason Rotelli (prweb.com)
- ServiceMaster (SERV) PT Lowered to $43.00 at Royal Bank of Canada (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of SERV traded up $0.11 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $51.61. 655,720 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 675,200. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.26, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.06. ServiceMaster has a 52-week low of $36.34 and a 52-week high of $55.36. The stock has a market cap of $6,906.75, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.46 and a beta of 0.95.
A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on SERV. William Blair began coverage on shares of ServiceMaster in a research report on Monday, January 29th. They set an “outperform” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of ServiceMaster from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Nomura raised shares of ServiceMaster from a “reduce” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $39.00 to $69.00 in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. Instinet raised shares of ServiceMaster from a “reduce” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on shares of ServiceMaster from $65.00 to $62.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $53.08.
In other ServiceMaster news, insider Marvin Davis sold 4,743 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.57, for a total value of $235,110.51. Following the sale, the insider now owns 7,959 shares in the company, valued at approximately $394,527.63. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP James T. Lucke sold 16,737 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.70, for a total transaction of $865,302.90. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 5,691 shares in the company, valued at approximately $294,224.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc is a provider of essential residential and commercial services. The Company operates through three segments: Terminix, American Home Shield and the Franchise Services Group. Its portfolio of brands includes Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Restore, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec.
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