Press coverage about Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Jack in the Box earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.0306045783429 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
Shares of JACK stock opened at $87.61 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $2,589.68, a PE ratio of 22.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 0.44. Jack in the Box has a 12-month low of $79.30 and a 12-month high of $113.00. The company has a quick ratio of 1.52, a current ratio of 1.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.77.
Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, February 21st. The restaurant operator reported $1.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.06 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $294.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $284.37 million. Jack in the Box had a negative return on equity of 28.27% and a net margin of 8.20%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 16.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.18 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Jack in the Box will post 3.98 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 5th were paid a dividend of $0.40 per share. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.83%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 2nd. Jack in the Box’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 41.24%.
JACK has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Jack in the Box in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $113.00 price objective on shares of Jack in the Box in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Goldman Sachs raised Jack in the Box from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Wedbush reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 price objective on shares of Jack in the Box in a research report on Thursday, February 22nd. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Jack in the Box in a research report on Thursday, March 29th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $107.62.
In other news, Director David Goebel sold 1,486 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.68, for a total transaction of $125,834.48. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 21,702 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,837,725.36. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Vanessa C. Fox sold 610 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $91.00, for a total value of $55,510.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 2,051 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $186,641. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 2,596 shares of company stock valued at $225,544. Company insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.
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About Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box Inc operates and franchises Jack in the Box quick-service restaurants and Qdoba Mexican Eats fast-casual restaurants primarily in the United States. As of October 01, 2017, it operated and franchised approximately 2,251 Jack in the Box restaurants in 21 states and Guam; and approximately 726 Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurants in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.
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