Spartan Motors (SPAR) Receives News Sentiment Score of 0.07

News stories about Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Spartan Motors earned a news sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 45.2899440936391 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Spartan Motors (NASDAQ SPAR) opened at $16.30 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $603.77, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.76, a P/E/G ratio of 2.83 and a beta of 1.21. The company has a quick ratio of 0.95, a current ratio of 1.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14. Spartan Motors has a twelve month low of $6.30 and a twelve month high of $18.10.

Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.24 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $189.22 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $185.30 million. Spartan Motors had a net margin of 2.15% and a return on equity of 8.04%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 27.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.10 EPS. equities analysts expect that Spartan Motors will post 0.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a Semi-Annual dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th were issued a $0.05 dividend. This represents a yield of 0.65%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 14th. Spartan Motors’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 24.39%.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on SPAR. Zacks Investment Research cut Spartan Motors from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday. BidaskClub raised Spartan Motors from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Roth Capital increased their target price on Spartan Motors from $12.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. TheStreet raised Spartan Motors from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Spartan Motors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Spartan Motors has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $17.00.

In related news, insider John W. Slawson sold 21,191 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.42, for a total value of $326,765.22. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 111,165 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,714,164.30. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 3.72% of the company’s stock.

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Spartan Motors Company Profile

Spartan Motors, Inc is an engineer and manufacturer in the heavy-duty, custom vehicles marketplace. The Company operates through three segments: Emergency Response Vehicles, Delivery and Service Vehicles, and Specialty Chassis and Vehicles. The Company’s Emergency Response Vehicles segment engineers and manufactures emergency response chassis, emergency response bodies and aerial equipment.

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