Heartland Express (HTLD) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Shows

Headlines about Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Express earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 46.346685326315 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 media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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HTLD has been the topic of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Heartland Express from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. BidaskClub raised Heartland Express from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. TheStreet raised Heartland Express from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Monday, February 12th. JPMorgan Chase cut their target price on Heartland Express from $24.00 to $22.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Heartland Express in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a hold rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Sell” and an average price target of $21.13.

HTLD stock opened at $17.79 on Friday. Heartland Express has a 1-year low of $17.51 and a 1-year high of $25.22. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,535.44, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.88, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 0.67.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 12th. The transportation company reported $0.07 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by ($0.04). Heartland Express had a return on equity of 7.84% and a net margin of 12.38%. The business had revenue of $165.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $190.22 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.16 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 17.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Heartland Express will post 0.72 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 23rd were given a $0.02 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 22nd. This represents a $0.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.45%. Heartland Express’s dividend payout ratio is currently 15.69%.

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About Heartland Express

Heartland Express, Inc is a holding company. The Company is a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier. The Company focuses primarily on short- to medium-haul, asset-based dry van truckload services in regional markets near its terminals. The Company’s truckload services are primarily asset-based transportation services in the dry van truckload market, and it also offers truckload temperature-controlled transportation services and non-asset based brokerage services.

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