Aecom (ACM) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

Media stories about Aecom (NYSE:ACM) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Aecom earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the construction company an impact score of 46.4763922601076 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

Aecom (ACM) traded up $0.19 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $37.69. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,165,323 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,228,989. Aecom has a 1-year low of $30.15 and a 1-year high of $40.72. The company has a current ratio of 1.20, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88. The stock has a market cap of $5,910.91, a PE ratio of 12.76, a P/E/G ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 1.73.

Aecom (NYSE:ACM) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 13th. The construction company reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.03. Aecom had a return on equity of 12.12% and a net margin of 1.86%. The business had revenue of $4.86 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.63 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.65 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Aecom will post 2.66 EPS for the current year.

Aecom announced that its board has authorized a stock repurchase program on Thursday, September 21st that allows the company to repurchase $1.00 billion in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the construction company to reacquire up to 18.3% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Argus raised their price target on Aecom from $37.00 to $43.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, November 27th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Aecom from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “hold” rating and set a $36.00 price target on shares of Aecom in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. DA Davidson restated a “hold” rating and set a $39.00 price target on shares of Aecom in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, UBS reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $4.00 price objective (down previously from $40.00) on shares of Aecom in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $32.70.

In other news, CEO Michael S. Burke sold 30,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $37.00, for a total value of $1,110,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 154,362 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,711,394. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Michael S. Burke sold 56,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.86, for a total value of $2,093,648.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.73% of the company’s stock.

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Aecom Company Profile

AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.

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