Media headlines about DST Systems (NYSE:DST) have been trending positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. DST Systems earned a coverage optimism score of 0.40 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news headlines about the technology company an impact score of 34 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Shares of DST Systems (NYSE:DST) opened at 118.56 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $122.43 and its 200-day moving average price is $113.94. The company has a market capitalization of $3.66 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.30 and a beta of 1.35. DST Systems has a one year low of $94.52 and a one year high of $128.66. DST Systems’s stock is going to split on Friday, June 9th. The 2-1 split was announced on Tuesday, May 9th. The newly created shares will be payable to shareholders after the market closes on Thursday, June 8th.
DST Systems (NYSE:DST) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The technology company reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.27 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $379.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $368.80 million. DST Systems had a net margin of 23.12% and a return on equity of 19.56%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.61 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that DST Systems will post $6.54 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 9th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 26th will be issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 24th. This is a positive change from DST Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.35. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.21%. DST Systems’s payout ratio is 9.85%.
Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised DST Systems from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 31st.
In other news, VP Jonathan J. Boehm sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $125.00, for a total transaction of $625,000.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 47,692 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,961,500. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Stephen C. Hooley sold 17,920 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $117.66, for a total transaction of $2,108,467.20. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 71,925 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,462,695.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have bought 491 shares of company stock worth $59,763 and have sold 42,920 shares worth $5,206,967. 1.83% of the stock is owned by insiders.
About DST Systems
DST Systems, Inc (DST) is a provider of technology-based information processing and servicing solutions. The Company offers its solutions through data management, business processing and customer communications solutions to clients within the asset management, brokerage, retirement and healthcare markets.
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