Media headlines about Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Booz Allen Hamilton earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 44.7304058835884 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

BAH has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Booz Allen Hamilton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Wells Fargo & Co raised their price objective on shares of Booz Allen Hamilton from $40.00 to $42.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Booz Allen Hamilton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 4th. Jefferies Group raised shares of Booz Allen Hamilton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Booz Allen Hamilton in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. They set a “buy” rating and a $46.00 price objective on the stock. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $41.32.

Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) opened at $36.34 on Friday. Booz Allen Hamilton has a 52 week low of $31.06 and a 52 week high of $40.25. The company has a market cap of $5,271.59, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.03, a PEG ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 1.30. The company has a quick ratio of 1.49, a current ratio of 1.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.14.

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) last released its earnings results on Monday, February 5th. The business services provider reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.05. Booz Allen Hamilton had a net margin of 4.68% and a return on equity of 50.81%. The company had revenue of $1.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.52 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.38 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 6.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Booz Allen Hamilton will post 1.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 28th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be paid a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.09%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 13th. This is a boost from Booz Allen Hamilton’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. Booz Allen Hamilton’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 35.60%.

In other news, CFO Lloyd Howell, Jr. sold 22,624 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.25, for a total value of $910,616.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Susan L. Penfield sold 30,022 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.31, for a total transaction of $1,150,142.82. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 182,135 shares of company stock valued at $7,226,660 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 3.04% of the company’s stock.

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About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of management and technology, consulting and engineering services to the United States and international governments, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. The Company’s client base includes government, commercial and international clients.

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