Media headlines about Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Werner Enterprises earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 46.6735579925577 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

Shares of Werner Enterprises opened at $39.20 on Friday, according to MarketBeat.com. The firm has a market cap of $2.82 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.87, a P/E/G ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 0.99. Werner Enterprises has a one year low of $26.65 and a one year high of $43.95. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06, a quick ratio of 1.89 and a current ratio of 1.94.

Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 19th. The transportation company reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.36 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $562.68 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $553.72 million. Werner Enterprises had a net margin of 9.86% and a return on equity of 9.30%. The business’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.22 EPS. analysts forecast that Werner Enterprises will post 2.01 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, July 17th. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.09 per share. This is a positive change from Werner Enterprises’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.07. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.92%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 29th. Werner Enterprises’s payout ratio is presently 22.05%.

WERN has been the topic of several recent research reports. BidaskClub cut shares of Werner Enterprises from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Deutsche Bank boosted their price objective on shares of Werner Enterprises from $42.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Werner Enterprises from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 14th. Robert W. Baird boosted their price objective on shares of Werner Enterprises from $43.00 to $46.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, March 19th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Werner Enterprises in a research note on Friday, April 6th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $43.00 price objective on the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $41.43.

In related news, Director Diane K. Duren bought 7,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 24th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $36.19 per share, for a total transaction of $253,330.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 8,934 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $323,321.46. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 34.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About Werner Enterprises

Werner Enterprises, Inc, a transportation and logistics company, engages in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in interstate and intrastate commerce in the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, and Australia. It operates through two segments, Truckload Transportation Services and Werner Logistics.

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