Werner Enterprises (WERN) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Press coverage about Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Werner Enterprises earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the transportation company an impact score of 46.8294071335691 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

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WERN has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Stephens reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 price objective on shares of Werner Enterprises in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Werner Enterprises from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. UBS raised shares of Werner Enterprises from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price objective for the company from $37.00 to $47.00 in a research report on Friday, January 5th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Werner Enterprises from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Deutsche Bank raised shares of Werner Enterprises from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $40.53.

NASDAQ:WERN opened at $36.05 on Thursday. Werner Enterprises has a 12-month low of $24.20 and a 12-month high of $43.95. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06, a current ratio of 1.72 and a quick ratio of 1.67. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,535.90, a P/E ratio of 28.39, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.22 and a beta of 0.97.

Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The transportation company reported $0.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.03. Werner Enterprises had a net margin of 9.59% and a return on equity of 8.64%. The firm had revenue of $567.37 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $554.58 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.30 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Werner Enterprises will post 1.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 1st. Investors of record on Monday, April 16th will be given a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 13th. Werner Enterprises’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 22.05%.

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Werner Enterprises Company Profile

Werner Enterprises, Inc, a transportation and logistics company, engages in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in interstate and intrastate commerce in the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, and Australia. It operates through two segments, Truckload Transportation Services and Werner Logistics.

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