AECOM (ACM) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Headlines about AECOM (NYSE:ACM) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing 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 positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AECOM earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the construction company an impact score of 46.8124997914706 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

A number of analysts recently issued reports on ACM shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of AECOM from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Citigroup Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a $4.00 target price (down previously from $40.00) on shares of AECOM in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and set a $36.00 target price on shares of AECOM in a research report on Tuesday, September 5th. KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of AECOM in a research report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group lowered shares of AECOM from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $44.00 to $37.00 in a research report on Monday, July 24th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $31.70.

AECOM (NYSE:ACM) opened at $34.21 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96, a quick ratio of 1.22 and a current ratio of 1.22. The firm has a market cap of $5,583.61, a P/E ratio of 12.12, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.86 and a beta of 1.71. AECOM has a one year low of $30.15 and a one year high of $40.72.

AECOM (NYSE:ACM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 13th. The construction company reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $4.86 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.63 billion. AECOM had a net margin of 1.86% and a return on equity of 12.51%. AECOM’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.65 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that AECOM will post 2.74 EPS for the current year.

AECOM declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Thursday, September 21st that allows the company to repurchase $1.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the construction company to reacquire up to 18.3% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

In other news, CEO Michael S. Burke sold 56,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.86, for a total value of $2,093,648.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Michael S. Burke sold 30,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.00, for a total transaction of $1,110,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 154,362 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,711,394. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.14% of the company’s stock.

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About AECOM

AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.

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