Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Werner Enterprises (WERN) Stock Price

Media coverage about Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Werner Enterprises earned a news sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the transportation company an impact score of 45.1475935960886 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ WERN) traded down $0.15 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $36.20. The stock had a trading volume of 1,600,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 937,888. The company has a current ratio of 1.72, a quick ratio of 1.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06. The firm has a market cap of $2,620.00, a P/E ratio of 12.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.27 and a beta of 0.93. Werner Enterprises has a twelve month low of $24.20 and a twelve month high of $43.95.

Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) last announced its earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The transportation company reported $0.42 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $567.37 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $554.58 million. Werner Enterprises had a return on equity of 8.64% and a net margin of 9.59%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 9.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.30 EPS. research analysts forecast that Werner Enterprises will post 1.97 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were paid a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.77%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 29th. Werner Enterprises’s payout ratio is 10.04%.

WERN has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Credit Suisse Group upped their target price on Werner Enterprises from $40.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Zacks Investment Research reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 target price on shares of Werner Enterprises in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on Werner Enterprises from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Cowen lowered Werner Enterprises from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co boosted their price target on Werner Enterprises from $35.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Werner Enterprises has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $39.13.

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Werner Enterprises Company Profile

Werner Enterprises, Inc is a transportation and logistics company. The Company is engaged in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. It operates through two segments: Truckload and Werner Logistics. It provides logistics services through its Werner Logistics division.

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