News stories about Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Carriage Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 47.3147221442128 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

NYSE CSV opened at $26.85 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $446.11, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.32, a P/E/G ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 0.65. Carriage Services has a fifty-two week low of $23.15 and a fifty-two week high of $28.96. The company has a current ratio of 0.71, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.74.

Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, April 25th. The company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.58 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $73.39 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $76.54 million. Carriage Services had a net margin of 14.98% and a return on equity of 14.51%. sell-side analysts predict that Carriage Services will post 1.83 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, May 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.075 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 11th. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.12%. Carriage Services’s payout ratio is presently 21.58%.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on CSV shares. Barrington Research reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $32.00 price objective (up from $30.00) on shares of Carriage Services in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Carriage Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd.

In related news, Director James Raymond Schenck bought 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 26th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $27.79 per share, with a total value of $27,790.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 6,061 shares in the company, valued at approximately $168,435.19. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Barry K. Fingerhut bought 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 23rd. The shares were bought at an average cost of $27.50 per share, for a total transaction of $68,750.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 2,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $68,750. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 13.60% of the company’s stock.

About Carriage Services

Carriage Services, Inc provides funeral and cemetery services, and merchandise in the United States. It operates through two segments, Funeral Home Operations and Cemetery Operations. The Funeral Home Operations segment offers burial, cremation, and consultation services; removes and prepares remains; sells caskets, urns, and related funeral merchandise; and enables the use of funeral home facilities for visitation, remembrance, and transportation services.

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