Media coverage about Servicemaster Global (NYSE:SERV) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Servicemaster Global earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 45.4931625450623 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Shares of Servicemaster Global (NYSE:SERV) traded up $0.89 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $50.75. 1,464,659 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 523,968. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a current ratio of 1.03. Servicemaster Global has a twelve month low of $36.34 and a twelve month high of $54.48. The firm has a market cap of $6,852.72, a PE ratio of 29.17 and a beta of 0.93.
A number of research analysts have commented on SERV shares. Morgan Stanley set a $52.00 target price on shares of Servicemaster Global and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada downgraded shares of Servicemaster Global from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating and set a $44.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Servicemaster Global from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 target price on shares of Servicemaster Global in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Nomura lifted their target price on shares of Servicemaster Global from $36.00 to $39.00 and gave the stock a “reduce” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $51.17.
In related news, insider Mary Kay Wegner sold 1,256 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.29, for a total value of $63,164.24. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, SVP James T. Lucke sold 21,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.24, for a total transaction of $1,055,040.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 21,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,055,040. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.
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About Servicemaster Global
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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