Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) Share Price

News stories about Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Service Corporation International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 46.795832559233 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Service Corporation International (SCI) opened at $37.27 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 0.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.66. Service Corporation International has a 1-year low of $26.43 and a 1-year high of $37.58. The company has a market cap of $6,932.65, a PE ratio of 24.17, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.20 and a beta of 0.96.

Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.27 by $0.06. Service Corporation International had a net margin of 11.83% and a return on equity of 24.85%. The company had revenue of $731.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $735.62 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.26 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Service Corporation International will post 1.49 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be given a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.61%. Service Corporation International’s dividend payout ratio is presently 31.58%.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on SCI. Oppenheimer reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of Service Corporation International in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Service Corporation International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, September 30th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Service Corporation International from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Service Corporation International currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $39.75.

In other Service Corporation International news, insider Michael R. Webb sold 202,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $34.70, for a total transaction of $7,009,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 622,903 shares in the company, valued at approximately $21,614,734.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Elisabeth G. Nash sold 47,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 27th. The shares were 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 disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 651,800 shares of company stock worth $22,784,233. 6.20% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Service Corporation International Company Profile

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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