Stantec (STN) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media headlines about Stantec (NYSE:STN) (TSE:STN) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Stantec earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 45.6719474078724 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of Stantec (NYSE:STN) traded down $0.45 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $27.90. The company had a trading volume of 15,012 shares, compared to its average volume of 18,659. The stock has a market cap of $3,230.34, a P/E ratio of 36.23 and a beta of 1.59. The company has a current ratio of 1.45, a quick ratio of 1.45 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33. Stantec has a 1-year low of $22.25 and a 1-year high of $29.25.

Stantec (NYSE:STN) (TSE:STN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The business services provider reported $0.43 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.44 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $680.33 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $713.99 million. Stantec had a net margin of 2.24% and a return on equity of 10.69%. equities research analysts expect that Stantec will post 1.51 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 11th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th were issued a dividend of $0.098 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.39 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.41%. Stantec’s payout ratio is currently 51.95%.

Stantec announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, November 9th that authorizes the company to buyback 2,280,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are generally an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

STN has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Stantec from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Royal Bank of Canada initiated coverage on Stantec in a report on Monday, October 23rd. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $40.00 price objective on the stock. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $35.00.

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About Stantec

Stantec Inc is a provider of professional services in the area of infrastructure and facilities for clients in the public and private sectors. The Company’s operates through four segments Consulting Services-Canada, Consulting Services-United States, Consulting Services-Global and Construction Services.

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