Dillard’s (DDS) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Finds

News coverage about Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Dillard’s earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 45.1948733489341 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

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Shares of NYSE:DDS opened at $73.46 on Thursday. Dillard’s has a fifty-two week low of $45.51 and a fifty-two week high of $88.51. The company has a quick ratio of 0.26, a current ratio of 1.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,103.54, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.30 and a beta of 1.08.

Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $2.82 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.82 by $1.00. Dillard’s had a return on equity of 8.57% and a net margin of 3.45%. The business had revenue of $2.06 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.04 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.85 EPS. Dillard’s’s revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Dillard’s will post 5.82 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 7th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 30th will be given a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.54%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 28th. Dillard’s’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 8.33%.

Dillard’s declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share buyback program on Thursday, March 1st that allows the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are generally an indication that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

DDS has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine lowered Dillard’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. Telsey Advisory Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $83.00 price target (up previously from $72.00) on shares of Dillard’s in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Deutsche Bank lifted their price target on Dillard’s from $51.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, February 26th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase reaffirmed an “underweight” rating on shares of Dillard’s in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. Dillard’s presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $60.25.

In other Dillard’s news, Director James I. Freeman sold 8,357 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.05, for a total value of $702,405.85. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 270,224 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $22,712,327.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. 19.10% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Dillard’s Company Profile

Dillard's, Inc operates as fashion apparel, cosmetics, and home furnishing retailer in the United States. It operates through two segments, Retail Operations and Construction. The company's stores offer a selection of merchandise, including fashion apparel for women, men, and children; accessories; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods.

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