Media stories about Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news 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. Alliance Data Systems earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 45.8986541367591 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- This Big Data CEO Thinks There Is No Substitute for Personal Connections – Fortune (fortune.com)
- Alliance Data Systems Co. (ADS) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
- Form 8-K ALLIANCE DATA SYSTEMS For: Jan 09 (streetinsider.com)
- Alliance Data Systems Corporation to provide branded credit card services in the United States for IKEA Group (eprretailnews.com)
Several equities analysts have weighed in on ADS shares. ValuEngine raised shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, October 21st. Oppenheimer set a $208.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $235.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Stephens set a $304.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $266.76.
Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 7.09% and a return on equity of 62.95%. The firm had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $4.74 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems will post 17.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 14th were given a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, November 13th. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio is presently 22.06%.
In related news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total value of $500,080.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.
Alliance Data Systems Company Profile
Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.
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