GATX (GATX) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about GATX (NYSE:GATX) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. GATX earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the transportation company an impact score of 45.4628699748705 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of GATX (NYSE GATX) traded up $1.42 during trading on Friday, reaching $66.48. The company had a trading volume of 384,653 shares, compared to its average volume of 249,390. GATX has a twelve month low of $55.44 and a twelve month high of $66.89. The company has a market cap of $2,546.18, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.82, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.03 and a beta of 1.21. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.92, a current ratio of 3.13 and a quick ratio of 3.13.

GATX (NYSE:GATX) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The transportation company reported $1.25 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.99 by $0.26. The business had revenue of $259.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $350.04 million. GATX had a return on equity of 14.51% and a net margin of 13.76%. The firm’s revenue was down 28.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.50 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that GATX will post 4.72 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, December 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th were paid a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.53%. GATX’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 34.93%.

Several research analysts recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub lowered GATX from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $56.00 price objective on shares of GATX in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Zacks Investment Research lowered GATX from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. Seaport Global Securities initiated coverage on GATX in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Finally, ValuEngine lowered GATX from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, November 6th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $57.83.

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GATX Company Profile

GATX Corporation is a global railcar lessor, owning fleets in North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, the Company operates fleet of the United States-flagged vessels on the Great Lakes and jointly with Rolls-Royce plc, it owns aircraft spare engine lease portfolios in the world. It operates through four business segments: Rail North America, Rail International, American Steamship Company (ASC), and Portfolio Management.

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