Media stories about Herc (NYSE:HRI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Herc earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the transportation company an impact score of 46.3920962199051 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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Several analysts have issued reports on HRI shares. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Herc from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 9th. Buckingham Research upgraded shares of Herc from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $67.00 to $70.00 in a research report on Friday, July 13th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Herc from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 8th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group lowered shares of Herc from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $43.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, April 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $66.33.

Shares of Herc traded up $0.41, hitting $52.44, during trading on Friday, MarketBeat reports. 249,017 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 184,992. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.48, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a current ratio of 0.84. Herc has a twelve month low of $35.89 and a twelve month high of $72.99. The firm has a market cap of $1.48 billion, a P/E ratio of -163.88 and a beta of 2.38.

Herc (NYSE:HRI) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 8th. The transportation company reported ($0.01) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.08 by ($0.09). Herc had a net margin of 11.61% and a return on equity of 3.55%. The business had revenue of $485.50 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $462.50 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.06 earnings per share. Herc’s revenue was up 16.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Herc will post 1.36 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Herc Company Profile

Herc Holdings Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental supplier. It rents aerial, earthmoving, material handling, trucks and trailers, air compressors, compaction, and lighting equipment, as well as generators, and safety supplies and expendables; and provides ProSolutions, an industry specific solution based services, such as pumping solutions, power generation, climate control, remediation and restoration, and studio and production equipment.

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