Exponent (EXPO) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Shows

Press coverage about Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Exponent earned a coverage optimism score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.1786349080457 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Exponent (NASDAQ EXPO) opened at $70.40 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,820.00, a P/E ratio of 34.34 and a beta of 0.58. Exponent has a twelve month low of $55.75 and a twelve month high of $77.15.

Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. The business services provider reported $0.54 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $87.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $79.69 million. Exponent had a return on equity of 17.21% and a net margin of 16.46%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.42 EPS. research analysts forecast that Exponent will post 2.09 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a dividend of $0.21 per share. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.19%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. Exponent’s dividend payout ratio is currently 40.98%.

EXPO has been the topic of several recent research reports. Cantor Fitzgerald boosted their target price on Exponent to $82.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. BidaskClub upgraded Exponent from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Exponent from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 target price on the stock in a report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and set a $77.00 target price on shares of Exponent in a report on Thursday, October 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. Exponent has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $80.00.

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About Exponent

Exponent, Inc (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health.

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