KBR (KBR) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Shows

News stories about KBR (NYSE:KBR) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. KBR earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the construction company an impact score of 46.7842135969352 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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KBR stock opened at $17.10 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.33, a current ratio of 1.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. The stock has a market cap of $2,408.41, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.48, a P/E/G ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 1.12. KBR has a twelve month low of $13.36 and a twelve month high of $21.69.

KBR (NYSE:KBR) last posted its earnings results on Friday, February 23rd. The construction company reported $0.28 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $930.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.01 billion. KBR had a net margin of 10.40% and a return on equity of 22.65%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 21.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned ($0.59) EPS. sell-side analysts expect that KBR will post 1.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 13th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were issued a dividend of $0.08 per share. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.87%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 14th. KBR’s payout ratio is presently 21.48%.

KBR has been the subject of several recent research reports. DA Davidson decreased their price objective on KBR to $17.50 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Monday, February 26th. TheStreet lowered KBR from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 28th. Citigroup decreased their price objective on KBR from $23.00 to $17.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Monday, February 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered KBR from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine lowered KBR from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $19.50.

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About KBR

KBR, Inc provides professional services and technologies across the asset and program life-cycle within the government services and hydrocarbons industries worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Government Services, Technology & Consulting, and Engineering & Construction. The Government Services segment offers life-cycle support solutions to defense, space, aviation, and other programs and missions for government agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

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