Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect J. B. Hunt (JBHT) Share Price

News headlines about J. B. Hunt (NASDAQ:JBHT) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. J. B. Hunt earned a daily sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the transportation company an impact score of 46.1410548727526 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

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Shares of J. B. Hunt (NASDAQ:JBHT) traded up $2.17 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $120.17. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 897,431 shares, compared to its average volume of 981,218. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59, a quick ratio of 1.43 and a current ratio of 1.45. J. B. Hunt has a 12 month low of $83.35 and a 12 month high of $126.49. The firm has a market cap of $12,951.03, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.41, a P/E/G ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 0.96.

J. B. Hunt (NASDAQ:JBHT) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The transportation company reported $3.48 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.03 by $2.45. J. B. Hunt had a return on equity of 27.32% and a net margin of 9.55%. The company had revenue of $1.99 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.93 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.05 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 15.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that J. B. Hunt will post 5.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on the company. BidaskClub raised J. B. Hunt from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised J. B. Hunt from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $138.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Cowen reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $124.00 price target (down from $127.00) on shares of J. B. Hunt in a research report on Monday, January 29th. Stephens reissued a “buy” rating and set a $140.00 price target on shares of J. B. Hunt in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Finally, Loop Capital reissued a “buy” rating and set a $145.00 price target on shares of J. B. Hunt in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $120.45.

In other news, Director Earl Wayne Garrison sold 21,344 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $125.79, for a total transaction of $2,684,861.76. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Johnnie B. Hunt, Jr. sold 2,328 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $121.00, for a total value of $281,688.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 70,697 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,554,337. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 4.20% of the company’s stock.

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J. B. Hunt Company Profile

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc is a surface transportation, delivery, and logistics company in North America. The Company segments include Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) and Truck (JBT). The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides transportation and delivery services to a range of customers and consumers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico.

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