Alliance Data Systems (ADS) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Accern Reports

News articles about Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. Alliance Data Systems earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 46.0095002957586 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

ADS has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group restated a “fair value” rating and set a $232.44 price target (up from $174.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. BidaskClub lowered Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Friday, August 25th. Oppenheimer set a $191.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $300.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $258.27.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (ADS) traded up $2.59 on Thursday, reaching $232.45. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 364,020 shares, compared to its average volume of 588,763. The company has a market cap of $12,845.32, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 1.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a current ratio of 2.11 and a quick ratio of 2.09. Alliance Data Systems has a 52-week low of $209.00 and a 52-week high of $266.25.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. The firm had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $4.74 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Alliance Data Systems will post 17.12 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th will be given a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 13th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.89%. Alliance Data Systems’s payout ratio is 22.06%.

In other news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total value of $500,080.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 2.60% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Alliance Data Systems

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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