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

Press coverage about Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Werner Enterprises earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 46.2180352861309 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ WERN) traded down $0.20 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $39.90. The company had a trading volume of 429,327 shares, compared to its average volume of 573,107. Werner Enterprises has a 52-week low of $24.20 and a 52-week high of $40.58. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,900.71, a PE ratio of 34.70, a PEG ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 0.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07, a quick ratio of 1.73 and a current ratio of 1.78.

Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 19th. The transportation company reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $528.64 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $532.48 million. Werner Enterprises had a net margin of 4.04% and a return on equity of 8.18%. Werner Enterprises’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.26 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Werner Enterprises will post 1.24 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.70%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 29th. Werner Enterprises’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 24.35%.

WERN has been the topic of a number of research reports. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their target price on Werner Enterprises from $29.00 to $35.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Credit Suisse Group lowered their target price on Werner Enterprises from $35.00 to $34.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $36.00 target price on shares of Werner Enterprises in a research note on Sunday, October 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Werner Enterprises from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, UBS Group raised Werner Enterprises from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the company from $37.00 to $47.00 in a report on Friday, January 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Werner Enterprises presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $36.00.

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About Werner Enterprises

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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