Heartland Express (HTLD) Given Media Impact Rating of 0.02

Headlines about Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Express earned a coverage optimism score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the transportation company an impact score of 46.6097137730672 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Heartland Express (HTLD) opened at $22.80 on Monday. Heartland Express has a 52 week low of $18.71 and a 52 week high of $25.22. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,899.31, a P/E ratio of 38.00, a PEG ratio of 2.80 and a beta of 0.55.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 27th. The transportation company reported $0.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by ($0.08). Heartland Express had a net margin of 8.54% and a return on equity of 9.50%. The firm had revenue of $182.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $205.81 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.15 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 22.0% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Heartland Express will post 0.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, December 12th will be paid a $0.02 dividend. This represents a $0.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.35%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, December 11th. Heartland Express’s dividend payout ratio is currently 13.33%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on HTLD shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Heartland Express from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. TheStreet cut shares of Heartland Express from a “b” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. UBS increased their target price on shares of Heartland Express from $22.00 to $23.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. J P Morgan Chase & Co increased their target price on shares of Heartland Express from $19.00 to $21.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $24.00 target price on shares of Heartland Express in a report on Sunday, September 17th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.17.

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About Heartland Express

Heartland Express, Inc is a holding company. The Company is a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier. The Company focuses primarily on short- to medium-haul, asset-based dry van truckload services in regional markets near its terminals. The Company’s truckload services are primarily asset-based transportation services in the dry van truckload market, and it also offers truckload temperature-controlled transportation services and non-asset based brokerage services.

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