Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect USA Truck (USAK) Stock Price

Headlines about USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. USA Truck earned a media sentiment score of 0.30 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the transportation company an impact score of 45.4440017418457 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

USAK opened at $25.09 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $208.30, a P/E ratio of -44.80 and a beta of 1.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a current ratio of 1.01. USA Truck has a 1-year low of $5.73 and a 1-year high of $27.94.

USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The transportation company reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.08 by $0.27. The business had revenue of $117.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $116.80 million. USA Truck had a negative return on equity of 7.09% and a net margin of 1.68%. The company’s revenue was up 9.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.25) EPS. equities research analysts forecast that USA Truck will post 1.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on USAK shares. Zacks Investment Research raised USA Truck from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. Cowen boosted their target price on USA Truck from $16.00 to $29.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. Stephens raised USA Truck from an “equal” rating to a “weight” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. TheStreet raised USA Truck from a “d” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine raised USA Truck from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. USA Truck has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $30.33.

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About USA Truck

USA Truck, Inc, a truckload carrier, provides general commodities transportation services in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. It operates through two segments, Trucking and USAT Logistics. The Trucking segment offers truckload services as a medium to long-haul common carrier; and dedicated freight services.

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