DST Systems (DST) Getting Positive News Coverage, Analysis Shows

Headlines about DST Systems (NYSE:DST) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. DST Systems earned a news impact score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the technology company an impact score of 46.3366224620574 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

DST Systems (DST) traded down $0.05 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $62.58. 519,969 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 433,287. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a current ratio of 1.09. DST Systems has a twelve month low of $50.22 and a twelve month high of $63.08. The stock has a market cap of $3,780.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.45, a P/E/G ratio of 2.03 and a beta of 1.36.

DST Systems (NYSE:DST) last posted its earnings results on Friday, October 20th. The technology company reported $0.76 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $562.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $523.57 million. DST Systems had a net margin of 21.26% and a return on equity of 16.20%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 45.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.77 EPS. research analysts expect that DST Systems will post 3.08 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 8th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 22nd were paid a $0.18 dividend. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.15%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 21st. DST Systems’s dividend payout ratio is presently 10.88%.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on DST shares. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on DST Systems from $57.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded DST Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Robert W. Baird increased their price target on DST Systems from $68.00 to $72.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Sunday, October 22nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $68.50.

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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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