Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Heartland Express (HTLD) Share Price

News headlines about Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Express earned a daily sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the transportation company an impact score of 45.7337679696993 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Several research firms recently weighed in on HTLD. TheStreet raised Heartland Express from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Monday. BidaskClub raised Heartland Express from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised Heartland Express from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. UBS Group increased their price objective on Heartland Express from $22.00 to $23.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. decreased their target price on Heartland Express from $24.00 to $22.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $24.33.

Shares of Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) traded down $0.86 on Wednesday, hitting $20.49. The stock had a trading volume of 821,056 shares, compared to its average volume of 569,653. Heartland Express has a fifty-two week low of $18.71 and a fifty-two week high of $25.22. The firm has a market cap of $1,676.05, a PE ratio of 23.72, a PEG ratio of 1.78 and a beta of 0.47.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The transportation company reported $0.07 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $165.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $190.22 million. Heartland Express had a net margin of 12.38% and a return on equity of 8.01%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 17.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.16 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Heartland Express will post 0.75 EPS for the current year.

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Heartland Express Company Profile

Heartland Express, Inc is a holding company. The Company is a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier. The Company focuses primarily on short- to medium-haul, asset-based dry van truckload services in regional markets near its terminals. The Company’s truckload services are primarily asset-based transportation services in the dry van truckload market, and it also offers truckload temperature-controlled transportation services and non-asset based brokerage services.

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