News coverage about Insperity (NYSE:NSP) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Insperity earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 46.2483493903987 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Several brokerages recently issued reports on NSP. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Insperity from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and set a $55.00 price objective on shares of Insperity in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 price objective on shares of Insperity in a research report on Friday, November 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $50.60.

Shares of Insperity (NYSE:NSP) traded down $0.35 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $56.95. The company had a trading volume of 99,085 shares, compared to its average volume of 280,152. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 1.16 and a quick ratio of 1.16. Insperity has a 1 year low of $34.60 and a 1 year high of $60.35. The firm has a market cap of $2,388.59, a P/E ratio of 30.70, a P/E/G ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 0.92.

Insperity (NYSE:NSP) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The business services provider reported $0.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.08. Insperity had a return on equity of 94.38% and a net margin of 2.43%. The firm had revenue of $795.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $786.44 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.39 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 13.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Insperity will post 2.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Insperity announced that its board has approved a stock buyback program on Thursday, November 16th that permits the company to repurchase 500,000 shares. This repurchase authorization permits the business services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are often a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

The company also recently announced a dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 18th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 4th were paid a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 1st. Insperity’s payout ratio is currently 32.35%.

In other news, Director Jon Craig Goodwin bought 200,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, October 16th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $0.18 per share, with a total value of $36,000.00. Also, EVP Arthur A. Arizpe sold 5,000 shares of Insperity stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $117.01, for a total transaction of $585,050.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders acquired 586,667 shares of company stock valued at $105,600 and sold 357,209 shares valued at $14,933,644. 13.92% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Insperity

Insperity, Inc provides a range of human resources (HR) and business solutions. The Company’s HR services offerings are provided through its Workforce Optimization and Workforce Synchronization solutions (together, its professional employer organization (PEO) HR Outsourcing solutions), which encompass a range of human resources functions, including payroll and employment administration, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, performance management and training and development services, along with its cloud-based human capital management platform, the Employee Service Center (ESC).

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