Hawaiian (HA) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

News stories about Hawaiian (NASDAQ:HA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hawaiian earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 45.7548590882644 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several equities analysts have weighed in on HA shares. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on Hawaiian from $40.00 to $45.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Sidoti raised Hawaiian from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, March 8th. BidaskClub lowered Hawaiian from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, February 23rd. ValuEngine raised Hawaiian from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Argus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $61.00 price target on shares of Hawaiian in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Hawaiian currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $48.42.

Shares of Hawaiian (HA) opened at $37.80 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,916.42, a price-to-earnings ratio of 5.52, a P/E/G ratio of 3.17 and a beta of 1.54. Hawaiian has a 52 week low of $32.40 and a 52 week high of $59.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53, a quick ratio of 0.79 and a current ratio of 0.79.

Hawaiian (NASDAQ:HA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 29th. The transportation company reported $1.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $686.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $686.00 million. Hawaiian had a return on equity of 36.52% and a net margin of 13.51%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.28 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Hawaiian will post 5.22 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hawaiian announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback plan on Tuesday, December 5th that allows the company to buyback $100.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the transportation company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are usually a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, February 28th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 14th were paid a dividend of $0.12 per share. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.27%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 13th. Hawaiian’s dividend payout ratio is 7.01%.

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Hawaiian Company Profile

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc is a holding company. The Company is engaged in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo amongst the Hawaiian Islands (the Neighbor Island routes), between the Hawaiian Islands and certain cities in the United States (the North America routes), and between the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (the International routes), collectively referred to as its Scheduled Operations.

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