Heartland Express (HTLD) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Shows

Media headlines about Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Express earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 47.0920420003354 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on HTLD. BidaskClub lowered Heartland Express from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, March 30th. Seaport Global Securities reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Heartland Express in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. ValuEngine lowered Heartland Express from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Stifel Nicolaus began coverage on Heartland Express in a research note on Friday, April 6th. They set a “hold” rating and a $17.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Stephens reissued a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price target on shares of Heartland Express in a research note on Wednesday, March 28th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Sell” and a consensus target price of $21.13.

Shares of HTLD stock opened at $18.04 on Thursday. Heartland Express has a 12 month low of $17.90 and a 12 month high of $18.06. The stock has a market cap of $1.48 billion, a PE ratio of 35.37, a PEG ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 0.67.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 25th. The transportation company reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.12 by $0.04. Heartland Express had a return on equity of 7.49% and a net margin of 11.75%. The firm had revenue of $156.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $169.55 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that Heartland Express will post 0.7 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Heartland Express Company Profile

Heartland Express, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier in the United States and Canada. The company primarily provides nationwide asset-based dry van truckload service for shippers from Washington to Florida and New England to California; and temperature-controlled transportation services.

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