News coverage about Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Alliance Data Systems earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 45.4788552799161 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- King Luther Capital Management Corp Reduces Position in Alliance Data Systems Co. (ADS) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Alliance Data Systems (ADS) Earns Buy Rating from Analysts at Edward Jones (americanbankingnews.com)
- Why Is Alliance Data (ADS) Down 4.3% Since its Last Earnings Report? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Alliance Data Systems Co. (ADS) Position Boosted by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (americanbankingnews.com)
- Alliance Data Systems Co. (ADS) Holdings Lifted by Arizona State Retirement System (americanbankingnews.com)
Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on ADS shares. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $235.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Barclays raised Alliance Data Systems from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and upped their price target for the company from $265.00 to $310.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Stephens set a $304.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $293.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $296.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $276.44.
Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The business services provider reported $6.10 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.72 by $1.38. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 66.17% and a net margin of 10.22%. The business had revenue of $2.11 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.15 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $4.67 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 15.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems will post 21.49 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 20th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be issued a $0.57 dividend. This is an increase from Alliance Data Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.93%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 13th. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio is 14.91%.
In other Alliance Data Systems news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total value of $500,080.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Edward J. Heffernan sold 21,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $244.83, for a total value of $5,141,430.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 264,668 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $64,798,666.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.60% of the stock is owned by corporate 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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