Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) Share Price

News articles about Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Service Co. International earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 44.8885204531235 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of research analysts have commented on SCI shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Service Co. International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. Oppenheimer reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of Service Co. International in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $40.00 price objective (up from $38.00) on shares of Service Co. International in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Off Wall Street started coverage on Service Co. International in a research note on Friday, December 15th. They issued a “sell” rating on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $39.75.

Service Co. International (NYSE SCI) opened at $38.07 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.66, a current ratio of 0.70 and a quick ratio of 0.65. The firm has a market capitalization of $7,136.98, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.04, a PEG ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 0.96. Service Co. International has a 12 month low of $28.67 and a 12 month high of $38.62.

Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $731.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $735.62 million. Service Co. International had a return on equity of 24.85% and a net margin of 11.83%. The firm’s revenue was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.26 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Service Co. International will post 1.51 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th were paid a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.58%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. Service Co. International’s payout ratio is presently 31.58%.

In related news, VP Elisabeth G. Nash sold 47,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.64, for a total transaction of $1,675,080.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 164,441 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,860,677.24. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider R L. Waltrip sold 84,679 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $37.90, for a total value of $3,209,334.10. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 765,762 shares in the company, valued at approximately $29,022,379.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 6.20% of the company’s stock.

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About Service Co. International

Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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