Republic Services (RSG) Earns News Sentiment Rating of 0.19

News stories about Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Republic Services earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 45.3861958543236 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of Republic Services (RSG) traded up $0.19 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $68.76. The stock had a trading volume of 2,379,981 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,845,332. The company has a quick ratio of 0.55, a current ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94. Republic Services has a 1-year low of $60.26 and a 1-year high of $69.40. The firm has a market cap of $22,671.56, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.14, a PEG ratio of 2.17 and a beta of 0.55.

Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.61 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.04. Republic Services had a return on equity of 10.61% and a net margin of 12.73%. The business had revenue of $2.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.52 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.57 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Republic Services will post 3.08 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.345 per share. This represents a $1.38 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.01%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 29th. Republic Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 36.41%.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. UBS assumed coverage on Republic Services in a research note on Wednesday. They issued a “buy” rating and a $78.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Republic Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Bank of America lifted their price objective on Republic Services from $70.00 to $73.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Stifel Nicolaus raised Republic Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $70.00 to $73.00 in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group cut their target price on Republic Services from $67.00 to $64.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, February 12th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Republic Services presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $69.75.

In other Republic Services news, Director Ramon A. Rodriguez sold 4,000 shares of Republic Services stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.27, for a total transaction of $265,080.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 4,118 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $272,899.86. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Tomago Collins sold 4,500 shares of Republic Services stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.95, for a total value of $305,775.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 13,441 shares in the company, valued at approximately $913,315.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 23,128 shares of company stock worth $1,553,897. 0.40% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Republic Services Company Profile

Republic Services, Inc is a provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, recycling and energy services. The Company’s segments include Group 1, Group 2 and Corporate entities. Its Group 1 and Group 2 segments provide integrated waste management services. Group 1 consists of geographic areas located in the western and portions of the mid-western United States.

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