News headlines about Aecom (NYSE:ACM) have been trending positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aecom earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the construction company an impact score of 46.1538248121446 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:
- How much this stock is Risky? AECOM (ACM)’s Beta value is at 1.74 – Nasdaq Fortune (press release) (nasdaqfortune.com)
- $4.59 Billion in Sales Expected for Aecom (ACM) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- Zacks: Brokerages Expect Aecom (ACM) to Announce $0.55 Earnings Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
- Aecom (ACM) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
Aecom (NYSE:ACM) traded up $0.13 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $39.07. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 625,316 shares, compared to its average volume of 732,367. The company has a current ratio of 1.20, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88. The company has a market capitalization of $6,160.00, a PE ratio of 18.34, a PEG ratio of 2.06 and a beta of 1.73. Aecom has a twelve month low of $30.15 and a twelve month high of $39.50.
Aecom (NYSE:ACM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 13th. The construction company reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $4.86 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.63 billion. Aecom had a return on equity of 12.12% and a net margin of 1.86%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.65 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Aecom will post 2.66 EPS for the current year.
Aecom declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share buyback plan on Thursday, September 21st that permits the company to buyback $1.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization permits the construction company to reacquire up to 18.3% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are usually an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.
A number of equities analysts recently commented on ACM shares. Citigroup reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $4.00 target price (down from $40.00) on shares of Aecom in a report on Friday, October 27th. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Aecom in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Barclays assumed coverage on Aecom in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. They set an “underweight” rating and a $34.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Aecom from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $4.00 price target (down from $40.00) on shares of Aecom in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.00.
In other news, CEO Michael S. Burke sold 30,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.00, for a total transaction of $1,170,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 157,649 shares in the company, valued at $6,148,311. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Vice Chairman Daniel R. Tishman sold 15,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.26, for a total value of $573,900.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 62,326 shares of company stock valued at $2,390,904. Company insiders own 1.14% of the company’s stock.
AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.
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